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Elementary: Missions


Print Resources – Nonfiction

Lyngheim, Linda  The Indians and the California Missions  x 979 L988
Following a brief discussion of the history of the discovery and settlement of early California, the establishment and daily life of each of the missions is described. Each chapter also explains today at the missions.

Higgins, Nadia  Spanish Missions of the Old West  x 979 H636
Contents:  Daybreak at a California mission -- Why missions? – Founding missions -- Missions in New Mexico -- Missions in Texas and Arizona – California missions -- The end of missions -- Biographies -- Timeline – Glossary

Stein, R. Conrad  Spanish Missionaries:  Bringing Spanish Culture to the Americas  x 979 S819-8
Contents:  New Mexico : motherland of the American West -- The mission movement in Texas and Arizona -- California missions -- The end of the mission era

MacMillan, Dianne M.  Los Angeles Area Missions  x 979 M1665-2
Contents:  Early life along the coast -- Missions of the Los Angeles area – State control of the missions -- The missions in modern times.  Describes the historical, Spanish missions of the Los Angeles area.

Schumacher, Tyler  Junipero Serra, Explorer and Missionary  x 92 S487Sc
Traces the life of Father Junipero Serra, the Spanish explorer and missionary who established nine missions along the California coast.

Nelson, Libby  Projects & Layouts  x 979 N427
Gives instructions for building a model of a California mission building. Also includes a brief history of the missions and their building techniques.

Print Resources – Fiction

Stewart, John  The Key to the Kitchen
In a contest held to find a new cook for San Gabriel Mission in early California, all three contestants provide delicious meals but only one remembers the most important rule of the kitchen.

Note:  There is virtually no juvy fiction available that touches on this topic.  The closest thing is the following “hybrid” item that weaves true Mission facts with a fictional tale:

Thompson, Gare  When the Mission Padre Came to the Rancho x 979 T471
Contents:  Introduction : early California -- Life on the rancho -- The festival – Visitors arrive -- Uprising and escape -- Battling the pirates -- The governor visits.
In 1834, Padre Ramón visits the Delgado family in California. The diary entries of the two Delgado children Rosalinda and Simón give an account of their adventures and times.

DVD/Video Resources

California Missions:  A historic journey up El Camino Real to all 21 California Missions
Call #:  DVD 979.47 C1535
Episode 1.  San Diego de Alcala ; San Luis Rey de Francia ; San Juan Capistrano -- Episode 2.  San Gabriel Arcangel ; San Fernando Rey de Espana ; Santa Buenaventura -- Episode 3.  Santa Barbara ; Santa Ines ; La Purissima Concepcion.
Host, Huell Howser.
This video presents the first three episodes from this 7-part series which visits all of the 21California missions

Web Resources

Social Studies Fact Cards
The Los Angeles Public Library’s web site has a special online resource for California Missions homework help.

California Missions Resource Center
This useful web site includes an interactive mission map, detailed glossary, brilliant image galleries, engaging stories about early California, mission timeline and a popular “Ask the Expert” feature.