Exploring the California Missions

From San Diego to the San Joaquin and Salinas valleys, to the rugged coastlines of Monterey and San Francisco, and inland to Sonoma, El Camino Real traces the path of California’s 21 historic missions. Under the leadership of California’s founding hero, Father Junipero Serra, Spanish priests and their Indian converts built these imposing and beautiful structures that are the earliest monuments of modern California.

You may recall your fourth-grade study of the California missions … now take a grown-up look at these historic structures, many of which still operate as active Catholic parishes, and their role in the history of the Golden State. Join Janice Stevens and Pat Hunter to explore the enduring architectural, artistic, and cultural heritage of the California missions. This study of the missions will reveal the full history of California itself, from Father Serra’s pioneering labors, to the conquest of the land’s agricultural wealth, to California’s painful transitions from Indian habitation to Spanish, Mexican and American rule.

Dates: Tuesdays, May 14, 21, 28 & June 4, 2019

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Room 2, Downtown Center at Bitwise South Stadium, 700 Van Ness at Mono

Fee: $100.

Class No. 50560.

Register at FresnoStateDowntown.com

Written By Janice Stevens

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