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Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions at the Huntington

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Mission San Antonio de Padua in Monterey County, CA has the statue of Father Junipero Serra outside. Flickr/mlhradio

A new exhibit titled “Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions” open Saturday, August 17th at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.

The show brings together for the first time material from Spain, Mexico, and the missions here in California, to provide new insights into who Father Junípero Serra was, the purpose of the mission experience, as well as contemporary Native California views on what it all means today.

If you grew up in California, no doubt in the fourth grade you learned about Serra’s mission and the buildings he left behind as milestones in the “discovery” of North America by Europeans.

A Map of Junípero Serra's travels

What do the missions symbolize to you?


Steve Hackel, co-curator of the exhibition, professor of history at the University of California, Riverside, and Serra biographer (“Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father”)

Cathy Gudis, co-curator of the exhibition and professor of California and public history at the University of California, Riverside

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