2019 California Mission and Presidios Conference Recap



CMF Members, historians, docents and others who appreciate the California Missions and work to study and preserve them gathered recently in San Diego for the 36th Annual California Missions Conference. From the U.S. and abroad, attendees of the three day annual conference were treated to historic tours, strong scholar lectures, great food including Paella, traditional entertainment, and a memorable awards banquet which served as a platform to honor individuals who have contributed so much to the California Missions in the areas of preservation, interpretation and research.

The Presidents Day weekend event, which has rotated annually throughout California since 1984, continues with its same trademark format: tours, lectures, and networking. The gathering kicked off on Friday as a lead event for San Diego's 250th commemoration of the founding of the Alta California chain of missions and presidios. Tours of the original site of Mission San Diego de Alcalá at today's Presidio Hill showed the attendees the location of the very first Alta California mission. A CMF Docents Workshop brought together docents from throughout the state as they shared ideas and strategies as important ambassadors in telling he California missions story. That Friday afternoon, activities shifted to the current location of Mission San Diego further east in Mission Valley. There, an afternoon tour revealed a behind the scenes perspective of this historic mission celebrating its jubilee in 2019. The evening activities included local native Kumeyaay Bird Singers, traditional early California music and dance performed by Los californios, and an opening night keynote address by San Diego's highly-esteemed historian on Spanish California, Dr. Iris Engstrand.

Saturday the annual scholar presentations were held on the campus of the University of San Diego with the latest in a/v technology providing a quality backdrop for some of the leading presenters and researchers of a wide variety of aspects of the California Mission and Presidio story. Please click here for a complete list of Presenters and Topics

Each year, the California Missions Awards Banquet presented by CMF on the Saturday night of the conference weekend allows for a memorable evening as the prestigious CMF awards are handed out. Sunday, the final day of the three day conference, focused on tours of the San Diego Maritime Museum (home to the reconstructed replica of the historic San Salvador), Asistencias Santa Ysabel and San Antonio de Pala, Mission San Luis Rey and the Blas Aguilar Adobe in San Juan Capistrano.

The entire CMF family would like to thank everyone who hosted, attended or presented at the 2019 CMF California Missions Conference.

Annual California Missions Conferences

2024 La Purísima and Santa Inés
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