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Save the Date! CMF 2023 Conference Schedule

It’s an exciting start to the new year as a list of distinguished scholars, historians and researchers has been assembled for the 40th Anniversary California Missions Studies Conference set to be held virtually during President’s Day weekend, this year February 17 and 18.

The Friday portion of the conference will include a special conference kickoff presentation on drink and foodways of Alta California by Russell Skowronek and Margaret Graham. That 2 pm presentation will be followed by the first session of papers, plus a panel discussion focusing on the restoration efforts at Mission San Gabriel, our CMF Annual Membership Meeting, a video tour of Mission Sonoma, a conversation with Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Dr. Robert Hoover and Dr. Daniel Krieger, and the much-anticipated Keynote by acclaimed scholar Marie Duggan.

Mission Santa Inés

CMF is working with Mission Santa Inés to acquire a critical retrofit for the mission. This important project will sustain this national historic landmark and its legacy in the Santa Ynez Valley for many years to come. Please click the picture below for more information about this crucial endeavor, to view our brochure, and to find out how you can help sustain California history in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The retrofit project at Mission Santa Inés is long overdue, and will fortify the historic church in hopes of preventing major damage during an earthquake. Work on the current mission church began in 1804, and today forms part of a National Historic Landmark area that also includes surrounding mission buildings and the mission grist mill operated by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

California Missions Videos

Designed for you to enjoy during these times of limited contact and travel, please click the button below to view the videos. Videos copyrighted by Cultural Global Media (c. 2010). Music provided by our esteemed CMF member Dr. Craig Russell and vocal ensemble Chanticleer. All Rights Reserved.


The Mission Story

From Missions to Presidios, from Asistencias to Ranchos to Pueblos, learn about this significant chapter in our history.

California Indians

Before, During, and After the Mission Era.

Historical Preservation

Help Us Keep this Story Alive, these Treasures Need your Support!

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Mission Grants

CMF Grant Applications are accepted February 1 to May 1 each year.

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School Grants

The All Aboard the Bus applications for school field trip grants are open each year April 1 – September 30.

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Photo Gallery

Through the Lens Tells so Much.

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Our Historic Treasures Come to Life.

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Virtual Tour

An Unbelievable Experience.

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CMF is committed to world-class scholarship.

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Honoring those who have done so much.

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Bibliography, articles, and book reviews.

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CMF Online Store

Place an Order! Your online destination made easy!

El Camino Real de las Californias

A Multi-National Effort to Seek an UNESCO World Heritage Site Nomination.

California Missions Foundation

PO Box 23035
Santa Barbara, CA 93121