2022 California Missions and Presidios Conference Recap

39th Annual Missions and Presidios Conference


The 39th Annual California Missions and Presidios Conference "The Birth of a City: Mission San Luis Obispo 250 Years" was presented virtually February 18-19, 2022 with a day of pre-conference events and day of on-site tours in San Luis Obispo on September 2, 2022 with a special banquet and lifetime achievement awards the night before on the evening of September 1 at Mission San Luis Obispo. After last year's successful virtual conference, many were anticipating reuniting once again in person. The events lined up for 2022 provided the benefits of last year's conference with the traditional in-person gathering that we so appreciate and missed last year.

Presented virtually by California Missions Foundation

Friday, February 18, 2022

 “San Luis Obispo: The Birth of a City”

4:00 p.m. CMF Welcome: Chairman Michael H. Imwalle and Executive Director David Bolton host the 2022 CMF Annual Meeting, followed by a video tour of Mission San Luis Obispo with text written by Dr. Robert H. Jackson.

7:00 p.m. Evening Welcome, Keynote Address, Annual CMF Awards

Michael H. Imwalle, CMF Chair
David A. Bolton, CMF Executive Director
Dr. Daniel E. Krieger – Keynote Address

“San Luis Obispo: The Accidental Mission”


Norman Neuerburg Award: Dr. Robert H. Jackson
Edna Kimbro Award: Martha Vallejo McGettigan
Chairman’s Award: Robert Powers
Chairman’s Award: Docents at San Luis Obispo

Saturday, February 19, 2022

“The Advent of Mexican California”

SESSION I:    Moderator – Michael H. Imwalle

9:00 a.m. Damian Bacich, Vaquero Violence in Mid-19th Century California

9:30 a.m. Glenn J. Farris, Ph.D., Foreign Merchants Flood Mexican California (1822-1845)

10:00 a.m. Robert Jackson, Contemporary Diagrams of the Frontier Mission Urban Plan 

10:30 a.m. BREAK 


SESSION II:   Moderator – Dr. Glenn Farris

10:45 a.m. Robert Hoover, La Loma Adobe San Luis Obispo, California

11:15 a.m. Rubén G. Mendoza, The Joaquin Moraga Adobe: New Revelations from an Architectural and Social History of a Monterey Colonial Style Adobe in Northern California, 1840-2022

11:45 a.m. Robert Edwards, Phoenix Buttons from CA-SCR-217 H: the Santa Cruz Mission Historic State Park Adobe and the nearby “Lost Adobe”

12:15 p.m. Anne Petersen and Maria Cabrera, Casa de la Guerra: Fulfilling the Interior Concept Design of Edna Kimbro

12:30 p.m. LUNCH


SESSION III:  Moderator – Damian Bacich

1:00 p.m. Gregory Orfalea, Serra and the Epiphany 2021

1:30 p.m. Native Panel with Andrew Galvan (Ohlone) and Abel Silvas (Acjacheman)

2:30 p.m. BREAK


SESSION IV:  Moderator – Theresa Brunner

2:45 p.m. Jennifer Colby, The Art of Diseños: Sketching Alta California Land Grants After 1822

3:15 p.m. Robert Jackson, Ph.D., The Other Missions: Franciscan Evangelization in Coahuila-Texas

3:45 p.m. Martha Vallejo McGettigan, Relationships Between the Hispanic and Indigenous Cultures During Migration 


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