The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation

The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation

Edna E. Kimbro and Julia G. Costello with Tevvy Ball

Illustrated in color throughout, The California Missions combines engaging text with historical paintings, archival photographs, and recent photography to create a vivid profile of these iconic institutions. Initial chapters recount their founding and early history, examine their rediscovery in the late nineteenth century, and trace the beginnings of the mission restoration movement. Subsequent chapters present mission architecture and wall murals, survey the rich holdings of European and Native American art in mission collections, and examine the challenges involved in preserving the mission heritage for future generations. The second part of the book provides concise historical profiles for each of the twenty-one missions. There is also a glossary.

Interest Level: 4th grade teachers | Reading Level: Adults | Genre: Non-fiction
Themes: California history, architectural conservation, art conservation

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