California Missions Resource Store

The California Missions Resource Center is proud to offer for sale a variety of interesting, educational and informative resources for the California Missions.
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The Illustrated Time Line of Junípero Serra's Life

This quality time line highlights key points extending from Fr. Serra's Birth through his Death and Subsequent Recognition and Beatification.

This generously illustrated publication (40 images) provides all of the important facts, key dates and events in the life of the Blessed Serra. It reflects the input and research of several mission scholars.

The California Missions' Timeline

Alta California 1768 to 1853

A definitive timeline showing the key dates and major events in the early years of California. Cover Meticulously researched by mission scholars.

This engaging timeline begins in 1768, when the Spanish began planning a five-part expedition to settle what they called Alta California and extends through 1853 when Archbishop J. S. Alemany filed a petition for the return of all former mission land, a process that would take decades to resolve.

6.5" x 7.25" unfolding panels highlight the important dates, significant events and intriguing facts in each of nine major eras, beginning with the Founding Era 1768-1770. Sample
The timeline also includes a map of Alta California, showing the location of all 21 missions, 4 presidios (forts) and 3 pueblos (free standing towns) established during the mission era.

A special panel details the fate of each mission after secularization.

The California Missions' Timeline contains eleven original mission event drawings by A.B. Dodge and Alexander Harmer, colorized for this product.

The California Missions - A Complete Set of Laminated Pages with Vital Information on all 21 Missions

Features two back-to-back pages on each of the 21 missions, printed on heavy stock and laminated, richly illustrated.

Also includes an exhibit showing, for each mission, the total baptisms, marriages and deaths, and the population by decade from 1790 to 1832.

Ideal for teaching and reference use.

Packaged with a handsome dust cover to protect and store the key fact sheets.

The individual California Mission Fact Sheets are also available for each mission. Read More

The California Mission Source Book

Two full pages of information in twenty-three categories on each of the twenty one missions. In addition the full story of the missions is told in a comprehensive Foreword and Afterword, illustrated with colorized drawings of key mission events, based on original early 1900s drawings by A.B. Dodge and Alexander Harmer

Additional material includes a large (8.5" x 17") 1823 map of California; a timeline showing the founding of each mission, pueblo, and presidio; and exhibits showing population data and mission demographics.

Richly illustrated with 55 historic drawings, 81 photographs, 19 PLAT maps, 14 architectural drawings and 9 mission paintings
8 1/2 " x 8 1/2", spiral bound, printed on heavy stock.

68 pages

Soldiers, Scoundrels, Poets & Priests: Stories of the Men and Women Behind the Missions of California

The book, Soldiers, Scoundrels, Poets and Priests puts flesh and blood on a profoundly important time in California's history through a vivid depiction, in words and images, of the people who birthed and nurtured California and the placed that formed it's shape and character.

This is the only book that assembles the stories of all the key players in the California mission drama into one fascinating volume.

This expanded second edition includes 30 biographies, 96 images and a 12-page glossary.

A new, generously illustrated timeline lists the major events and key dates from the year detailed planning for the Spanish settlement of Alta California began in 1768 through 1853. This vivid depiction, in words and images, of the people who birthed and nurtured California and the places that formed its shape and character, tells a gripping tale. The glossary and timeline make it a vital reference.

Patron Saints of the California Missions: Their Images, History and Wisdom

Includes 24 pages of interesting information on the California Missions Patron Saints. Each laminated page is 10" high by 4" wide at the widest point and is shaped to fit comfortably into one's hand.

The front of each page features a compelling image of the saint and a brief biography and noting the feast day. The back reviews where images of the saint can be found, how the saint can be identified, and a saying - plus an image of the mission for which the saint is named.

All of the pages are fastened with a ring for convenient flipping between pages.

Mouse Pad Featuring a Map of Alta California c. 1823

High quality, thin pads with a vynex surface. Measures 8" high by 9.5" wide.

Fermín Francisco de Lasuén Illustrated Timeline

Informative history on Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, the second Father-President of the California Missions.


Fermín Francisco de Lasuén: The Second Father-President of the California Missions. By David J. McLaughlin. Pentacle Press, 2012. 8 pp., illustrations, photographs. $7.95 paper.

By Robert L. Hoover, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
As increasing dependence on electronic media slowly reduces our society to a condition of semi-literacy, scholars and museum curators seem reluctant to challenge the mind with factual textual history, instead confining themselves to capturing the public's attention and making them feel good about each other. David McLaughlin's illustrated timeline is a refreshing departure from that mode. The work is packed with information on the life achievements of California's second Franciscan Father-President (1785-1803). This period saw the maturation of the mission establishments, which nearly reached their peak of converts at this time. Beginning with Lasuén's birth in Basque country and his entrance into the Franciscan order at the age of fourteen, the timeline follows his vocation until his death.

Arranged as an attractive folding timeline, McLaughlin's booklet covers in several pages the information of many much thicker tomes. The work is lavishly illustrated throughout with colored pictures and is capped by a summary of Lasuén's life achievements. The publication captures the interest of the reader while providing information in a concentrated format. Even the most jaded e-book addict will find this work attractive.
During the upcoming Serra Tricentennial in 2013, we should never forget that a great many Franciscans stationed in Alta California had exceptional talents and personality traits. Someone in the College of San Fernando was making some very good personnel decisions! One only hopes that McLaughlin continues his series of timelines to include such personalities as Father-President Mariano Payeras of Mission La Purisima, who as a master administrator attempted to bring the Industrial Age to Alta California; Father Antonio Ripoll of Mission Santa Barbara, friend and protector of the Chumash during a time of trials; or Father Juan Sancho of Mission San Antonio, the "Mozart of California". Mc Laughlin's skill in organization and design need only be limited by the truly remarkable grayfriars of Alta California.

--California Mission Studies Association
--April, 2012

Fact Sheet and Timeline - Get a head start on your mission report

Get a jump start on your California Missions project with this great combination of a fact sheet of your choice and the fact-filled Mission timeline - all for only $10 - a savings of almost 30%.

Colorful Images of the California Missions

Enjoy 64 stunning, high-quality images, featuring two to four photographs of all twenty-one California Missions in four easy-to-browse galleries.

Works on PC and Macintosh.

Published on a CD which also includes a Windows-based Screen Saver (40 images) any of which can also be used to create computer wallpaper.