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The Dana Point Historical Society, in collaboration with the City of Dana Point, is looking for volunteers for the third annual public reading of Richard Henry Dana Jr’s book, Two Years Before the Mast, at this year’s Festival of Whales.

The book gives Dana’s account from his voyage from Boston to South America, around the Cape Horn to California to trade goods—from 1834 to 1836.

The reading will take place at the Nature Interpretive Center, at 34558 Scenic Drive. It begins on Friday, March 8 at 1 p.m. and stretches to Sunday, March 10 until the book is complete. Readings over the three days run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Volunteers will read aloud for eight to 10 minutes from a large-print copy of the book. Admission is free. Reading slots and volunteer opportunities are still available.

To volunteer, email twoyearsbeforethemastdp@gmail.com, or call the Historical Society at 949.248.8121 and leave a message with your name, email address, phone number and preferred reading time.

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