California Missions Conference


Mission San Gabriel

The unique opportunities that virtual conferences are providing is allowing CMF to expand the offerings for the upcoming 38th Annual California Missions and Presidios Conference slated for February 11-13, 2021.

Scheduled for Mission San Gabriel on Presidents Weekend, February 11-13, the CMF board and staff have put together an exciting conference that will include all of the annual staples, plus some additional events made possible by the virtual nature of the upcoming event.

Late registration has been moved to February 5, 2021. Still time to sign up at the regular registration rate!

Thursday, February 11, the Conference kicks off with a trio of pre-Conference events including a Virtual Field Trip for 4th Graders statewide, a CMF virtual "All-Aboard-the-Bus", followed by roundtable discussions for Missions and Presidios directors, pastors and key personnel, as well as a Docents roundtable.

Friday will be a day centering on Mission San Gabriel, including at 10 am the CMF Annual Membership Meeting, a cooking demonstration featuring Mole and a virtual tour of Mission San Gabriel with history provided by Robert Jackson. A pair of afternoon panels will be hosted by CMF focusing on the Native Story (12 pm) and Preservation and the Future pf the Missions (2 pm). At 4 pm, the conference welcome and keynote will be presented virtually from inside the Mission San Gabriel church.

A special entertainment treat has been added to this year's Conference lineup, as CMF is proud to re-transmit the memorable 2004 Missions Conference concert at Mission San Luis Obispo by the New World Baroque Orchestra under the direction of John Warren. Something truly not to be miss!

Friday will also feature a pair of roundtables including A Native Panel, and separately "Why it's Important to Preserve and Conserve these Missions".

Saturday will again be dedicated to Papers and Research. The CMF Board Organizing Committee has chosen the theme for this year's Papers: "Destruction and Renewal: the Resilience of the California Missions." The Call for Papers Article can be found below in this newsletter.

Conference Keynote


Distinguished author and historian Dr. Steven W. Hackel will provide the 2021 Keynote Address from inside the church at Mission San Gabriel. Dr. Hackel has chosen the title, "Fire, Disease and Protest: Forces that Shaped the California Missions across the Centuries".

The Conference keynote can be seen virtually at 4 pm on Friday, February 12, 2021 as part of the upcoming California Missions and Presidios Conference presented by CMF.

A highly-sought-after speaker, Dr. Hackel's research has focused on the Spanish borderlands and the California Missions. He is especially interested in Native responses to colonialism, the effects of disease on colonial encounters, and new ways of visualizing these processes through digital history. His publications include a biography on Frat Junípero Serra, a monograph on the California missions, numerous essays, a textbook, and two edited volumes. He is the general editor of the Early California Population Project and the Project Director for the Early California Cultural Atlas. In 2013, he received great praise for his efforts at co-curating the Huntington Library's international exhibition "Junípero Serra and the Legacy of the California Missions."

Click here to read Steven Hackel's bio.

Special CMF 2021 Conference Entertainment:
John Warren 2004 Concert from Mission San Luis Obispo

John Warren

On many occasions, the New World Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of John Warren, has filled our Conference mission church locations with remarkable sound and history. All of the concerts have been memorable, and have become Friday evening highlights from many previous California Missions and Presidios Conferences.

Recently, a look through video archives uncovered a once-thought-lost treasured recording of their unforgettable 2004 performance at the CMSA Conference at Mission San Luis Obispo. It was truly an amazing evening.

The acclaimed conductor John Warren, a recipient of the prestigious CMF Norman Neuerburg award, directed his New World Baroque Orchestra that evening through a series of historic pieces that took the audience back in time while filling the mission church with a magical experience.

In order to continue CMF's tradition of providing historic entertainment at each of our conferences, and with the 2022 conference slated to be held at Mission San Luis Obispo, we thought that re-presenting this concert virtually would be an outstanding way to close out the opening night this coming February, and to also preview the 2022 Conference.


Annual California Missions Conferences

2021 **Mission San Gabriel**
2020 Monterey and Carmel
2019 San Diego de Alcalá
2018 Mission Santa Clara
2017 Santa Inés
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 San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel
2008 Tucson, Arizona
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