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February 11, 2017

CMF Announces 2017 Award Recipients

CMF’s Mission Studies Committee has announced the recipients of its 2017 Awards, which will be presented during the Saturday evening Awards Banquet at Mission Santa Ines: researcher Marie Duggan (Norman Neuerburg Award), outgoing CMF board chair Wayne Donaldson (Edna Kimbro Award), dedicated Mission Santa Ines archivist Sheila Benedict (Chairman’s Award), devoted Mission preservation supporter John Jenkins (Chairman’s Award), and long-time CMF board member and mission preservationist Dr. Edith Piness (Chairman’s Award).



Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA
Mr. Donaldson was appointed by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 2010. He was formerly the California State Historic Preservation Officer serving two Governors from 2004-2012. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic University, Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and has received his Masters in Public History and Teaching from the University of San Diego.  Donaldson is a former Chair of the State Historical Building Safety Board, past Chairman of the State Historical Resources Commission, past executive board member of the California Missions Studies Association and past president of the California Preservation Foundation.

He is an architect of innovative design, contractor, and author and has received several awards in preservation architecture including the National AIA Historic Resources Committee Fellow, the California Council, American Institute of Architects Award of Excellence and the Historic Preservation Award, and was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 1992. Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA celebrates its 39th year practice in California, Arizona, and Nevada.



Marie Christine Duggan
Dr. Marie Christine Duggan grew up in Berkeley, California and finished her education at the New School for Social Research in New York. Dr. Duggan studies how market forces shaped human lives in 18th century Spanish California and 19th century Mexican California. In 1995, Dr. Duggan located account books for nine California missions in Mexico’s National Archives, which were the basis for her 2000 PHD dissertation, Market and Church on the Mexican Frontier.  She received in 1997 the Norman Geiger Fellowship for research at the Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library and the Haynes Foundation Fellowship for Research at the Huntington Library. She analyzed the Santa Barbara Mission-Presidio accounts at the SBMAL, and the San Francisco Mission-Presidio Accounts at the Huntington.

In 1998, she received a fellowship from the Pew Program in Religion and American History at Yale University to analyze the De la Guerra business correspondence at the SBMAL. Quantitative analysis revealed the pattern of economic development in Spanish California, and showed the cessation of financing in 1810.  In 2005, she published “Laws of the Market vs. Laws of God” in History of Political Economy (HOPE) describing how the missionaries responded to the cessation of financing in 1810 by turning to international commerce in hides and tallow.

In 2016 she published in Pacific Historical Review “With and Without an Empire: Financing of California Missions Before and After 1810.” In 2012, she joined the Mexican Economic History Association (AMHE) and in 2014 the Iberian Society for the History of Economic Thought (AIHPE). She is currently writing a book: Piety and Profits in Alta California: Institutional Crisis and Change between 1769 to 1834, which situates California’s development in the context of the Spanish Enlightenment and Mexico’s trade with the Pacific Rim. She teaches economics at Keene State College in New Hampshire and is the mother of two children.

November 9, 2016

1st Annual Institute for the Study of Presidios Hosted by CMF, Friday, February 17, 2017

For the first time in its history, the California Missions Conference will host a "Institute for the Study of Presidios" which will deal with topics related to the various Presidio Districts, both present and historically. These Districts served as administration centers during the Spanish period and, in California, included four distinct districts: Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Barbara.

The inaugural session of the Institute for the Study of Presidios will be held on Friday, February 17 from 9-12:30 pm at Mission Santa Inés as part of the California Missions Conference weekend. Speakers will give a variety of presentations including talks on each of the four presidio districts, as well as related topics. The Institute will also include discussion about research in each of the four Presidio Districts of Alta California.

"We will also be talking about organizing research by Presidio districts which is timely with the on-going El Camino Real project efforts," said Dr. Jarrell C. Jackman, a current CMF board member who was recently named a CSPRA Honorary State Park Ranger as well as Commander of the Royal Order of Queen Isabella the Catholic for his efforts preserving and interpreting the Spanish history of Alta California. In proposing the idea of the Institute for the Study of Presidios, Dr. Jackman, who will chair the session, said: "It is a way of broadening the scope of research and interest of CMF and everyone involved."

The Institute for the Study of Presidios is open to all 2017 California Missions Conference registered attendees. Additional information, including speakers and more, will be distributed in the January edition of Correo as well as on the CMF website,

November 9, 2016

2016 Boletín on the Press and Soon to Be on your Doorstep

Fall is traditionally a time of harvest. As in past years, the CMF Publications Committee is busy reaping the scholarship that was planted during last year's conference and that has otherwise grown within our community of mission scholars and enthusiasts. This year's Boletín is at the press! The good folks at 360 Digital Books are again turning our digital file into a real life, hold-it-in-your-hand journal. Dues paying members at the Regular and Supporter's Circle Levels or higher should expect their copies to arrive in early December. Again, it has shaped into a quality publication. Here is a list of just a few of the articles to whet your appetite:

David McLaughlin, Twenty-One Missions - Hundreds of Historical Illustrations

Glenn Farris, Who Were the Likely Residents of the "Casas Para Familias" at Missions La Purisima Concepcion and San Juan Bautista?

Martha Ann Francisca Vallejo McGettigan, The Great Pageants of Mission San Juan Bautista: Bringing the History of California to Thousands

Robert H. Jackson, The Huatápera and the Sixteenth Century Franciscan and Augustinian Doctrinas among the P'urépecha of Michoacán


August 25, 2016

Old Mission Santa Barbara to Receive 2016 Preservation Award from CPF

The California Preservation Foundation has announced that Old Mission Santa Barbara will be a recipient of a 33rd Annual Preservation Award at a gala dinner in Orange County on Thursday, September 29. OMSB is receiving the prestigious award for the work performed under a Save America's Treasure's Grant awarded to the California Missions Foundation. CMF administered the three year project.

The award recognizes the extensive work at the Mission, both interior and exterior, which included repairs and painting of the Church's façade, repair of water damage in the convento wing, retrofit stabilization of the historic crypt, and the opening of the second story Rose Window.

The matching grant from the Interior Department and the National Parks Service was the final of four Save America's Treasure grants awarded to California Missions Carmel, San Miguel, San Luis Rey and Santa Barbara.

Tickets for the gala must be purchased by September 22 by visiting

August 25, 2016

Mission San Antonio Continues retrofit Project

Following successful retrofit work on the Mission church, efforts have now been focused on the historic convento wing also in need of mandated retrofitting. Mission officials have made great strides toward their ultimate goal of retrofitting the entire quadrangle, but according to Mission Administrator Joan Steele, a lot of work and fundraising is still needed to complete the multi phase project.

"Currently we have reached a milestone: Completion of Phase II (the South Convento) of the Retrofit/Restoration Project is within sight (goal being mid to late October, 2016.)," said Ms. Steele. "Work on Phase III has already begun. Roofing tiles have been removed from the Western Convento wing and the preparatory work in the attic has commenced. Between the parish business, the construction work, the daily visitors and the Retreat Center guests, the Mission is a busy place!"

At Mission San Antonio de Padua during a recent site visit, CMF Board member Dr. Robert Hoover (left), Mr. John Jenkins of the Field Foundation (right), and CMF Executive Director David A. Bolton.

At Mission San Antonio de Padua during a recent site visit, CMF Board member Dr. Robert Hoover
(left), Mr. John Jenkins of the Field Foundation (right), and CMF Executive Director David A. Bolton.


July 15, 2016

2015 CMF Annual Report Now Online

2015 Annual Report CoverThe California Missions Foundation's 2015 Annual Report is now online and available to read. Click the link below to learn about all the exciting contributions CMF has made to the missions community in 2015.

2015 Annual Report


May 26, 2016

CMF Board Member Honored with Medal

Current CMF Board Member and Long-time CMSAer Dr. Jarrell C. Jackman recently received Spain's La Medalla de Isabela la Catolica. Click here to view the video of the Medal presentation.

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The California Missions Foundation publishes a quarterly electronic newsletter, Correo, with news, calendar of events, and information about the California Missions and related historical sites. It also contains information about the California Missions Annual Conference, upcoming events which might be of interest to CMF members, and various other items of interest and concern. The Correo is supervised by CMF's California Mission Studies Committee as well as CMF's office staff.

The electronic newsletter, Correo, is sent quarterly by email to members and other Friends of CMF. It also contains information about the California Missions Annual Conference, upcoming events which might be of interest to CMF members, and various other items of interest and concern.

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