Monday, April 20, 2009

New California mission exhibits in Southern California

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park (SHP), near Lompoc, is one of the best restored and best interpreted missions in the entire California chain of 21 historic churches. And soon it will be even better. Six years in the making, new life-size figures and historical displays will go into the recently-upgraded museum at La Purísima Mission, in one of the most extensive exhibit projects ever undertaken by California State Parks. The 14 new exhibits are set to open for the first time on Saturday, April 25th in the Visitor Center at La Purísima Mission SHP.

Some exhibits interpret the early days before the mission, when the land was occupied by the Chumash people (see image of mural, right). Several tell the mission period story. Another describes the revival of interest in California missions in the late 1800s—early1900s and led to the 1934 decision to restore La Purísima Mission. It became the largest restoration project ever done by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in California.
An opening ceremony will be held from 1 to 2 PM, after which the exhibits will be open to the public. The ceremony will also commemorate the restoration of the mission by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Call 805/733-3713 or click here.

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