California Missions

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Grolier Online
CUSD subscribes to four quality encyclopedias through Grolier Online.  You can use Grolier Online at school AND home!   See your school library clerk or email the district librarian for login information.

General Mission Websites

Spanish Missions of California - Scholastic
Provides a brief general history of the mission system along with links to more information on specific topics such as Junipero Serra, the architecture of the missions, daily life in the missions, and more.

California Missions Resource Center
Use the navigation on the left to find Key Facts on each Mission. 

California Missions Foundations
Good information on each mission.  Click on "The Missions" at the top to locate your mission.

Virtual Tour of the California Missions

Individual Missions (Listed in order of founding date)

San Diego de Acala

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

Resources for 4th Grade Mission Reports:

San Antonio de Padua


San Gabriel Arcangel
History:   Go to the About Us page

San Luis Obisbo de Tolosa

Mission History:

San Francisco de Asis (Mission Dolores)

Mission History:  Old Mission Visitor Information

San Juan Capistrano - History

Mission San Juan Capistrano - Story of the Swallows

Santa Clara de Asis
History of Mission Santa Clara de Asis - Santa Clara University

San Buenaventura

Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara

La Purisma Concepcion

Santa Cruz

City of Santa Cruz: History -
Holy Cross Parish: Mission Santa Cruz -

Nuestra Senora de la Soledad

City of Soledad:  Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad -

San Jose
Note the History page as well as the link for 4th Grade Mission Project where you can mail a request for a free historical packet.

San Juan Bautista (click on History/Restoration on the left)

San Juan Miguel Arcangel

San Luis Rey de Francia
Visit the Quick Facts, History, Historic Features, or purchase a research packet.

Santa Ines

San Rafael Arcangel

San Francisco Solano (Mission Sonoma)
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Butte County Library

Butte County Library
 Visit the Chico branch of the Butte County Library to checkout more books for your Mission Project.  Visit their online catalog to place a Hold on books you need from any branch location.  They'll quickly gather them and alert you when they're ready!