2016 California Missions Conference

33rd ANNUAL CALIFORNIA MISSIONS CONFERENCE IS A HUGE SUCCESS

Annual Gathering Hosted In San Juan Bautista

Mission San Juan Bautista and San Juan Bautista State Historic Park hosted this year's recent California Missions Conference. These venues served as a perfect backdrop for three stimulating days of Presentations, Tours, and the Awards Banquet.

Book vendors at the 2016 California Missions Conference.

Book vendors at the 2016 California Missions Conference.

Taking place over the Presidents' Day Weekend, the conference started with the first annual CMF institute, which included a half day session on the Bi-National initiative to nominate the El Camino Real de las Californias as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and roundtable discussion on best practices in interpreting California Indian experiences at the California Missions. The institute was followed by the opening reception and a Keynote Address in the historic Mission church by Carla Rahn Phillips, a world-renown scholar of Spanish maritime history.

CMF Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, (above) and (below) Executive Director David A. Bolton address Conference attendees.

CMF Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA.

Executive Director David A. Bolton address Conference attendees.

Executive Director David A. Bolton addresses Conference attendees.

A total of 17 scholars delivered research papers at Saturday's paper sessions and in the late afternoon, the session went mobile with roving sessions featuring San Juan Bautista State Park, the Mission, and an update on the Native American Family Housing project located on State Parks property. Saturday's Awards Banquet honored the top scholars and those who have dedicated their professional lives to CMF and to the preservation of the California Missions and related sites.

More than 20 presenters and panelists took part in the three-day Conference.

More than 20 presenters and panelists took part in the three-day Conference.

The 2016 Keynote Address was given by Dr. Carla Rahn Phillips, noted historian and expert on Spanish maritime history.

The 2016 Keynote Address was given by Dr. Carla Rahn Phillips, noted historian and expert on Spanish maritime history.

As attendees traveled home on Sunday, many took advantage of special tours at Mission Santa Clara, The Castro Adobe (the former home of Edna Kimbro and now a California State Park), and of the town of San Juan Bautista.

Annually, the California Missions Conference rotates between northern and southern California, with a different site chosen each year to host the upcoming conference. The Conference is held every Presidents' Day Weekend and features researchers, scholars, docents, mission employees, and aficionados of the history, art and architecture, and culture of the Missions and related historical sites. Everyone is welcome to register and attend.

Dr. Jarrel C. Jackman receives the 2016 CMF Chairman's Award.

Dr. Jarrel C. Jackman receives the 2016 CMF Chairman's Award.

CMF Executive Director David A. Bolton prepared lunches both days, as well as dinners Thursday and Saturday evenings, and the Friday CMF hosted reception.

CMF Executive Director David A. Bolton prepared lunches both days, as well as dinners Thursday and Saturday evenings, and the Friday CMF hosted reception.

 

 

All photos courtesy Tom Simondi

Annual California Missions Conferences

2017 to be held at Santa Ines
2016 San Juan Bautista
2015 San Buenaventura
2014 San Antonio de Padua
2013 El Presidio de Santa Bárbara and
Old Mission Santa Barbara
2012 San Rafael Arcángel
2011 San Miguel Arcángel
2010 San Luis Rey de Francia
2009 Tucson, Arizona
2008 San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel
2007 San Francisco de Asís
2006 San Diego de Alcalá
2005 San Fernando Rey de España
2004 San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
2003 Santa Cruz
2002 La Paz, Baja California Sur
2001 Royal Presidio Chapel, Monterey
2000 San Gabriel Arcángel
1999 Santa Inés Virgen y Mártir
1998 San Juan Capistrano
1997 Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó
(Baja California Sur)
1996 San Francisco de Asís
1995 San Francisco Solano
1994 San Diego de Alcalá
1993 San Antonio de Padua and San Miguel Arcángel
1992 San Luis Rey de Francia
1991 La Purísima Concepción
1990 The Presidio of Santa Barbara and
Mission Santa Barbara
1989 San Juan Bautista
1988 San Fernando Rey de España
1987 Santa Clara de Asís
1986 San Buenaventura
1985 San José
1984 San Juan Capistrano