As many of the children and parents who have participated in SBMM’s Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship program know, Richard Henry Dana was a Massachusetts-born writer and lawyer, who was descended from America’s earliest settlers, and in many ways, “The classic book, Two Years Before the Mast, is his coming-of-age story,” according to Professor Rick Kennedy of Point Loma Nazarene University. “More than any other port mentioned in Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast, Santa Barbara opened the author to a wider world than he had ever imagined and to more diverse populations than he knew in Boston.”
Find out more about “The Education of Richard Henry Dana Jr. in Santa Barbara,” with Professor Kennedy on Thursday, July 15 at 7pm PDT. This informative lecture will give listeners a glimpse into a past of sailing, hide-gathering, what Santa Barbara was like in 1835-1836, who lived here then, who Dana crewed and worked with, and how his voyage and visit to Santa Barbara changed him. The webinar is free, but registration is required at: https://sbmm.org/santa-barbara-event/the-education-of-richard-henry-dana-jr/
History Professor Rick Kennedy, who received his PhD from UCSB teaches California History and from 2003-2017, he taught a summer school sailing course in California history, in which he and students sailed up the coast and through the islands reading Two Years Before the Mast!