LAURIE GOOCH, San Clemente
Ole Hanson, our town founder, had a vision.
“To build a beautiful city on the ocean” where “the architecture will be of one type.” A Spanish Village by the Sea.
“A place where people can live together more pleasantly than any other place in America.” With “plazas, playgrounds, a school, a pool, a golf course, a fishing pier and a beach enlivened with people getting a healthy joy out of life.”
Fifty years ago, the San Clemente Historical Society came into being to preserve his architecture and champion his vision. So, to celebrate our anniversary, we celebrate you. The people. The reason Ole Hanson built San Clemente.
For San Clemente’s history is incomplete without your history. Consequently, we invite you to share your stories and let us capture them in our 2073 bound time capsule.
Stories about individuals. Particularly, the stories of elementary, middle and high school students who in 50 years can attend our centenary and watch the time capsule’s opening. We encourage you to write down your memories of favorite times spent, or to take photographs of or draw pictures of quintessential spots.
Stories about institutions or businesses. We urge you to state your mission or purpose, regale us with tales of iconic events you host, offer advice to those who will follow or express your hopes and dreams of what lies ahead.
Stories that through you define the heart and soul of San Clemente. Speak to our small-town charm. Exemplify our philanthropic sense of community and spirit. Continue the ideals embedded in Ole Hanson’s vision.
Your time to act is now. Make a Part of Your History a Part of San Clemente’s History. Mail your submissions to the San Clemente Historical Society, PO Box 283, San Clemente, CA 92672-0283 by April 30.