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Mission Report Extras  

Learning Links for the CA Missions
By Sarah Lane
Aug 11, 2006, 13:18 PST

General Learning Links for the California Missions

It’s that time of year again! Kids all over California are working on their Mission Reports and, as always, ClassBrain is here to make finding resources for your projects a much easier process. Here is a list of general sites that have a great deal of information about the 21 California Missions. Have fun!

California Mission Studies Association
This site is for the study and preservation of the California Missions, Presidios, Pueblos, and Ranchos and their Native American, Hispanic, and early American past. You’ll find articles, book reviews, an illustrated glossary, a Mission directory, and information about the CMSA.
Source:       California Mission Studies Association (CMSA)

California Mission History
Featuring two histories for each of the 21 California Missions, with beautiful color photographs, fascinating black and white sketches, and authentic mission music, you can’t go wrong here. The music was written in the missions during the late 1700's by the Spanish padres and the Native Americans who lived and worked there.
Source:       The Civic Group

California Missions
Welcome to the California Missions Website. The chain of 21 missions along California's El Camino Real represent the first arrival of non-Native Americans to California. A brief history of each mission is presented here and later updates to this website will include additional information about California's rich history.
Source:       BGe Internet Services

California Mission Internet Trail
This site is being constructed by students up and down the state of California to serve as a central resource for information on the California Missions. This site was awarded a ‘Times Pick by the Los Angeles Times on September 9, 1996. It has also been included in the Blue Web'n Learning Applications Library of best instructional lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, and tools on the Web.
Source:       EUSD

Padre President
An article from the travel section in the New York Times online publication, this explains in great detail the founding of the California Missions. It also includes a wealth of information about Father Junipero Serra.
Source: & NY Times

California Historical Missions
This site features historic photographs of all 21 California Missions, from as early as 1895. This site also includes an essay on the history of the missions by UCR/California Museum of Photography Senior Preparator Stephen Clugston. Be sure to check the historical facts and map.
Source:       California Museum of Photography

The Spanish Missions of California
Here you can find out who created the Missions and why, take a tour of a typical Mission, learn about the people who lived there, and find out more information about each of the 21 establishments.

Index of California Mission Information
You’ll find a history for each of the Missions here, as well as selected books suitable for class projects. Scroll to the bottom of the page for further sites on the 21 Missions.
Source:       Juggernaut Technology

Almanac: California Missions
Select your Mission from the pictures on the left and you’ll be taken to data sheets. There is also a chronology, information on Mission Saints, helpful books, and information about visiting the Missions in person.
Source:       Joel Gazis-Sax

California Missions Foundation
Choose your Mission from the left and you’ll be taken to a page with a brief summary and complete directions for visiting. See each Mission’s immediate and long-term funding needs.
Source:       California Missions Foundation

California Mission Animation of Foundation
This fun little map shows the order in which each Mission was founded complete with dates. You will have to play the animation a couple of times to fully appreciate the order.
Source:       St. Anthony’s

California Mission Photo Tour
Get background information about the 21 Missions and take a virtual tour of your particular Mission! Each one has color photos, such as the front of the structure, the grounds, museums, plants, ruins, signs, statues, fountains, and other particularly unique aspects. If you can’t go yourself, this is the next best thing!

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