La Purísima Mission

Guide 2018

brochure La Purísima Mission - Guide 2018
THE MISSION STORY The 11th of the 21 Franciscan Missions established in California, Misión la Purisima Concepción de Maria Santísima (Mission of the Immaculate Conception of Most Holy Mary) was founded by Father Presidente Fermín de Lasuén on December 8, 1787. During the Mission’s early years, over 1,500 Chumash Indians were baptized into the Catholic Church at La Purisima, making them new citizens of Spain. Large and small adobe buildings were built, a water system developed, crops and livestock were raised, and La Purisima grew and prospered. On December 21, 1812, however, a major earthquake destroyed many of the Mission buildings. Aftershocks and drenching rains damaged La Purisima beyond repair. The following year, the Mission community was relocated four miles to a site with a better water supply and climate, and safer access to El Camino Real, California’s main travel route. In a few years, La Purisima once again became a thriving community with approximately 800 Chumash Indian Neophytes (converts) living on Mission land. At times over 20,000 cattle and sheep roamed the hills along with hundreds of horses, mules, burros and other livestock. The padres developed shops for weaving, pottery, leatherwork and other crafts in addition to organizing the religious activities for the settlement. 1834 marked the end of the California mission era when the Mexican government took away control of the missions from the Catholic Church and gave it to civil authorities. La Purisima subsequently changed hands and uses a number of times by the end of the 19th century. EXPLORE CALIFORNIA HISTORY & HERITAGE Open Year Round La Purisima Mission is open daily* from 9 AM to 5 PM for self-guided tours, hiking and exploring. The Visitor Center is a great place to start your journey (open 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesdays - Sundays and holiday Mondays). The Gift Shop (open 12 to 4 PM) offers souvenirs and hand-crafted items. STEP BACK IN TIME Admission is $6 per vehicle/$5 per senior vehicle. *Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Guided Tours When the property was given to public ownership by Union Oil Company in 1933, the Mission was in ruins. Preservation and reconstruction of the complex began in 1934, and lasted seven years under the Civilian Conservation Corps. Buildings and grounds were painstakingly restored and furnished to appear as they had in 1820. Guided tours of the buildings and grounds are offered Wednesdays - Sundays and on holiday Mondays. Meet at 1 PM at the Visitor Center for the 1.5 hour, 1 mile walking tour. Groups of 10 or more are asked to book two weeks in advance by calling (805) 733-3713. Today, La Purisima stands as the most extensively restored Mission in all of California with ten reconstructed buildings, furnished rooms, mission gardens, and livestock to represent life at the Mission during the 1820s. The nearly 2,000 acre historic state park is also home to 25 miles of hiking trails and a modern Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall. La Purisima is the only California mission with hiking trails, featuring more than 25 miles of trails to explore. LA PURISIMA Trail maps are MISSION LOMPOC available at the Entrance Station, Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Hiking Trails LA PURISIMA MISSION STATE HISTORIC PARK 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436 (805) 733-3713 – Office (805) 735-5185 – Visitor Center (805) 736-3605 – Gift Shop LA PURISIMA MISSION STATE HISTORIC PARK For places to stay and other Lompoc attractions: COME VISIT… LET HISTORY SURROUND YOU Lompoc, California 2018 2018 EVENTS CALENDAR LIVING HISTORY EVENTS During the Mission Life Day Event Series (below), costumed docents and staff offer an exciting opportunity to experience early mission life back in the 1820s with special demonstrations and activities. Traditional Mission Life Day March 17 Join costumed docents and staff for demonstrations and activities that may include tortilla making, candle making, soap making, spinning and weaving, carpentry, pottery, and blacksmithing. Natural History Day April 7 Explore the colors and critters of spring with our Park Rangers at La Purisima. Learn about the park’s wild inhabitants at the Mammal and Bird station, check out our Scales and Tales Reptile Encounter, and hit the trail for a wildflower/wildlife hike. For all ages! Hide & Tallow Mission Life Day July 21 Unplug your gadgets, and bring your kids to experience Mission life the old-fashioned way with special hands-on, kid friendly activities for all ages. Harvest Mission Life Day September 15 Come stomp grapes at the end-of-the-season grape harvest, and enjoy other traditional Mission activities. September 22 Escorted by candlelight, guests travel back in time to the 1820s on a walking tour, moving from scene to scene enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the evening at La Purisima Mission. Mission Gala & Auction October 6 Enjoy a lovely evening in the Mission garden around the Padre’s fountain while sipping wine, tasting appetizers, and bidding on a bountiful array of gift baskets, handmade items, travel packages and more. December 8 Founding Day recognizes the day La Purisima Mission was founded on December 8, 1787 which is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Mass is held at noon in the historic church, followed by a special concert by candlelight in the evening. April 21 Watch the Mission sheep get their annual shear and learn about wool production during mission times with engaging activities for the entire family. Children’s Mission Life Day Candlelight Tours Founding Day Remembrance Sheep Shear Mission Life Day May 19 Come rope a steer, sew a leather pouch, dip a candle, and enjoy traditional mission crafts and other engaging activities. SPECIAL EVENTS Las Posadas Mountain Men Encampment March 24 | August 24 & 25 Buckskin clad members of the American Mountain Men share mountain men history and skills such as cooking, hide preparation and tanning, leather working, rope making and blacksmithing. Equipment will be on display and tall tales will surround the campfire. Village Days August 25 | November 3 The Tule Village comes to life as visitors experience the blending of traditional Chumash Indian and Colonial Spanish culture. Visitors engage in activities such as acorn grinding, basket weaving, making soapstone beads and tule dolls, and playing Chumash games. December 15 Based on a tradition that goes back over 400 years in Mexico, Las Posadas re-enacts the journey of Mary and Joseph as they travel from inn to inn on their way to Bethlehem. Join costumed docents as they lead the procession through the Mission. SCHOOL PROGRAMS La Purisima offers a variety of programs and learning experiences for students and educators. Please visit the website for details. March 17th Traditional Mission Life Day March 24th Mountain Men Encampment April 7th Natural History Day April 21st Sheep Shear Mission Life Day May 19th Hide & Tallow Mission Life Day July 21st Children’s Mission Life Day August 24/25th Mountain Men Encampment August 25th Village Days September 15th Harvest Mission Life Day September 22nd Candlelight Tour October 6th Mission Gala & Auction November 3rd Village Days December 8th December 15th 11 AM to 2 PM 10 AM to 4 PM 10 AM to 2 PM 11 AM to 2 PM 11 AM to 2 PM 11 AM to 2 PM 10 AM to 4 PM 11 AM to 2 PM 11 AM to 2 PM 6 PM to 9 PM 4 PM to 7 PM 11 AM to 2 PM Founding Day Remembrance 12 PM (mass) / 7 PM (concert) Las Posadas 2 PM to 4 PM For more information on all these special events:

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