Ella Thorp Ellis, who as a child during the Great Depression lived with the Dunites along San Luis Obispo County’s southern coast, will talk about her new book, “Dune Child,” at the Tuesday meeting of the South County Historical Society.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the International Order of Oddfellows Hall, 128 Bridge St. in Arroyo Grande.
“I’ve lived a lucky life,” Ellis said.
She contracted polio at 18 months, and her father, a press agent for actress Joan Crawford, moved his family to the Central Coast because he heard about a doctor in Oceano who had enjoyed great success in getting polio victims walking again.
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The family moved to the Dunes, joining the colony known as the Dunites. There, she carried equipment for photographer Edward Weston, among other activities.
Other visitors to the Dunes included authors Upton Sinclair and John Steinbeck.
The meeting is open to the public.
The South County Historical Society represents Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano, Nipomo, Halcyon, Edna Valley, Los Berros, Oso Flaco and Huasna.
For more information, call 489-8282 or visit the website at http://www.SouthCountyHistory.org.