Field Notes

70° Field Notes | April 2024

Meet the Founders

The Keil sisters have been in business since 2014. We are excited to celebrate our entrepreneurial journey with you on our 10-year anniversary! Stay tuned for some exciting announcements.

Jennifer Keil earned her M.A. in Public and Oral History. As Archivist for the Laura Davick Crystal Cove Historic Archive Collection at UC Irvine Libraries, she digitized the collection. She is the Founding Director of the Moulton Museum and Balboa Island Museum. She has collaborated with CSU Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC Irvine, Visit Newport Beach, and John Wayne Foundation. She serves as an Arts & Culture Ambassador for the city of Dana Point. Jennifer is the Past President of the Southwest Oral History Association.

Cindy Keil earned an M.A. in English. She specialized in creative writing and participated in writing seminars. She is a published author. Cindy has edited anthologies and magazines using style guides for corporations. Cindy has co-curated exhibits as the Museum Director of the Moulton Museum at the Aliso Viejo Ranch, John Wayne Airport, Laguna Woods History Center, Soka University, Laguna College of Art + Design Gallery, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, and Casa Romantica. Cindy was the California Delegate of the Southwest Oral History Association.

Laura Davick Crystal Cove Historic Archive Collection

“My family started tent, camping at Crystal Cove in 1937. In 2037, it will be 100 years that my family has been at Crystal Cove in one form or another. It has been my privilege and passion to protect and preserve the history of Crystal Cove over the past few decades. Hundreds of individuals and families have trusted me to protect and preserve their family photos and stories. It has been truly such an honor to be the guardian of this important information. For the past twenty – some years, I’ve been working with UCI Library, Special Collections, with the idea of having them preserve and house all of the original information in my historic archive collection.

It has always been my goal to make this information available to the public and future generations for all to enjoy! It is so important that this history is not lost and that one hundred years from now people will be able to truly step back in time and better understand Crystal Cove’s history on a much deeper level.”

– Laura Davick

Field Notes | Crystal Cove

See the historical district images and virtual tour created by Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove Conservancy! Visit the forty-six California vernacular architecture cottages designed with local materials from palm frawns to shipwreck materials.


The first annual Dana Point Citywide Scavenger Hunt is happening now!  Explore the historic city from April 1 – April 21, 2024. Take a self-guided tour with 10 iconic stops, each with its own QR code revealing captivating tales. Start with the Richard Henry Dana Jr. statue created by John Terken. It is a bronze Sculpture created in 1972 located in the Dana Point Harbor. This nine-foot bronze sculpture honors the history of Dana Point by depicting Richard Henry Dana Jr., a Harvard-trained lawyer, seaman and author of the classic sea journal, Two Years Before The Mast (1840).

Redo Market will return on April 28th, 2024. Stroll and explore our curated collection of vintage and an authentic assortment of Makers. Live music, hands-on experiences and a selection of food trucks will make it a day for all to enjoy.

The 2nd Annual Dana Point Non-Profit Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 23rd from 8am – 12pm at the Dana Point Community Center. Come meet other local non-profits and gain new tools to better serve the community!

Join us at the upcoming 2024 Southwest Oral History Association conference from May 31-June 3, 2024. The conference will be held at the University of California, Riverside. You can register for a single day or for the entire conference. The theme is “Rooted in Memory and Resistance: Cultivating Radical Futurities.”

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