California Missions and Presidios Conference

40th Annual California Missions and Presidios Conference
Presented by California Missions Foundation
February 17-18, 2023
“Mission San Francisco Solano 200 Years”

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.

The Conference will feature paper presentations by John Johnson, Glenn Farris, Rose Marie Beebe and Robert Senkewicz, Robert Jackson, Russell Skowronek and Margaret Graham, Ruben Mendoza, Michael Imwalle, Damian Bacich, David Rickman and Alex La Pierre, David Rex Galindo, Vincent Medina, Peter Meyerhof, Martha McGettigan, Sandy Brown, April Farnham, Debbie Jewell, Paul Chace and Anthony Ray.

A special thank you to the CMF Scholarship Committee (Damian Bacich, Glenn Farris, Robert Hoover, and Robert Jackson) for assembling such a strong and distinguished team of presenters for this 40th Annual California Missions and Presidios Conference presented virtually by CMF, February 17-18, 2023.


Friday, February 17, 2023

OPENING SESSION – Moderator: Michael H. Imwalle

2:00 p.m. Russell Skowronek and Margaret Graham, Salud! Drink and Foodways of Alta California

2:30 p.m. Anthony Ray, The Higueras

3:00 p.m. Paul Chace, Los Angeles, California's Capitol: Cultures, Conflicts, Chaos and Capitulations – The Last Moments of the Missions

3:30 p.m. Martha Ann Francisca Vallejo McGettigan, Sonoma - Sonoma So Fair! A Special Look at the Sonoma Wines and Winemaking of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo

4:00 p.m. Mission Preservation Panel - Restoring a California Mission: Mission San Gabriel with Melvyn Green, Kaitlin Drisko, Robert Glen Knight, Rosa Lowinger, Jill Short and Terri Huerta

5:00 p.m. Virtual Tour of Mission San Francisco Solano / CMF Annual Meeting / 2023 Awards / Conversation with 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients, Dr. Daniel Krieger and Dr. Robert Hoover

6:00 p.m. Keynote Address by Dr. Marie Duggan, Near Civil War in the Interior: 1815 as Turning Point in Status of Mission Indians


Saturday, February 18, 2023

SESSION I: A Morning Focus on Historic Sonoma – Moderator: Russell Skowronek

8:30 a.m. Glenn Farris, Archaeology in the Corral of the Sonoma Barracks and the Casa Grande of Mariano Vallejo

9:00 a.m. Robert Jackson, The Mapping of Northern Alta California

9:30 a.m. Damian Bacich, Gabriel Moraga and the North Bay

10:00 a.m. Break


SESSION II: Moderator: Robert Jackson

10:15 a.m. Jarrell Jackman, Santa Barbara’s Royal Presidio: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Spain’s Last Adobe Fortress

10:30 a.m. Peter Meyerhof, Attempts to Build a Mission north of Sonoma after 1834

11:00 a.m. David Rickman and Alex La Pierre, Accoutred in a Panoply of Leather: Reconstructing the Cuera

11:30 a.m. Sandy Brown, The California Mission Trail: America's New Camino de Santiago?

12:00 p.m. Break

12:15 p.m. SPECIAL LUNCH HOUR PRESENTATION: Rose Marie Beebe and Robert Senkewicz, The Yankees, Señor General, Are Not Like Us: Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo and his History of Alta California


SESSION III: Food and Wine Along the Mission Trail – Moderator: Glenn Farris

1:00 p.m. Vincent Medina, Café Ohlone: Indigenous Cuisine

1:30 p.m. Michael Imwalle, Historic Vines

2:00 p.m. April Farnham, Mariano G. Vallejo's Vineyards and Their Legacy


SESSION IV: Moderator: Damian Bacich

2:30 p.m. John Johnson, The Chumash Community at Saticoy in Post-Mission Times

3:00 p.m. Ruben Mendoza, Missions, Presidios and Pueblos - 1850-1990: The Hathaway Collection of Early CA Photography

3:30 p.m. David Rex Galindo, Southern California Indigenous Peoples and Authorship in Fray Jerónimo Boscana’s Writings

4:00 p.m. Debbie Jewell, Mission San Antonio Water System

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Annual California Missions Conferences

2023 San Francisco Solano
2022 San Luis Obispo
2021 San Gabriel
2020 Monterey and Carmel
2019 San Diego de Alcalá
2018 Santa Clara
2017 Santa Inés
2016 San Juan Bautista
2015 San Buenaventura
2014 San Antonio de Padua
2013 Santa Bárbara
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 Santa Bárbara
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