In my school, Henderson Elementary in Alameden, this trip was a highlight as we loaded yellow/orange school busses, toting our lunch boxes and everything else that 4th graders carry, to go tour mission San Jose.
We were to learn all about the missions along with California history, culminating in the BIG PROJECT of the year.
Each student had to make his or her own rendition of the mission and give a presentation in class on the things they learned.
Oh, I worked so hard on my project! I built mission San Jose out of sugar cubes…carried it the 1 1/2 blocks to school, and waited anxiously to give my presentation in front of my class of 22 students and my teacher.
From this point on, history has been a fascination for me. And I love traveling and finding out the history in the area. I will often turn down tours of quilt shops for a historical site instead. We are who we are where we are because of those who came before us.
Love this old wagon with the flowers!
One name we heard through school again and again and again was Father Junipero Serra. I remember driving past his statue standing over the freeway every time we’d drive from San Jose up to San Francisco. We knew we were almost there when we reached the statue facing west toward the sea.
The story of Mission San Juan Capistrano begins in 1775, when it was first founded by Father Lasuen, on October 30th. But just a few weeks after the party of padres and soldiers arrived, they received word of the revolt occurring in San Diego. The founding padres, and soldiers decided to leave San Juan Capistrano, and go back to San Diego to help there. Once things had settled in San Diego, Father Serra personally led a party to re-found Mission San Juan Capistrano on All Saint’s Day, November 1, 1776.
The dates are interesting to me –because this was also while the revolutionary war was going on over on the EAST coast. It didn’t have much effect on what was going on the west coast. These things were going on simultaniously in the same period of time.
This was the perfect day to visit!
The old church remains
In 1812 the Great Stone Church at San Juan Capistrano was destroyed and forty American Indians were killed as an earthquake happened during the first service. The ruins are still part of the mission, and just looking at them and imagining this earthquake going on is terrifying.
Old Stone Church.
Fr Serra Chapel
The key building of the Mission is Serra Chapel, which was constructed by Juaneño Native Americans. Father Serra celebrated Mass in the Chapel in 1783. By 1811, more than 1,200 people lived and worked at the Mission as a thriving community of tradesmen, farmers and clergy. It’s a small chapel compared to the ruins of the Old Stone Church, but it is lovely and quiet and not to be missed!
By far, the greatest legend that comes to mind when one mentions San Juan Capistrano is that of the swallows.
Swallow nests under the eaves.
The Cliff Swallows begin to arrive in March from their winter home in Argentina. Between March and October they can be seen building nests in the eaves. Due to urbanization, they seek out areas near water and food sources such as a concrete under pass or bridge near creeks. They start their migration back to Argentina in October.
As the faithful little birds wing their way back to the most famous mission in California, the village of San Juan Capistrano takes on a fiesta air, and visitors from all parts of the world and all walks of life gather in great numbers to witness the “miracle” of the return of the swallows. Source
I didn’t see any swallows, but I did see nests just waiting for their return to San Juan Capistrano. This was such a beautiful place, and I did what I could to capture this day in photos.
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|Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA 2016|
Oh yes, a food table! LOL!
Yesterday’s presentation with the El Camino Quilters in Vista, California was great fun!
I even had help at my book signing table, thanks to my friends Jill, and Julie Herman Kaplan of Jaybird Quilts, and her cute mama Sandy Herman!
Wow! What a crowd!
Oh, so much fun!
Today we are up for a Scrappy Mountain Majesties workshop with the guild, being held at Quilt in a Day, home of Eleanor Burns.
Let the great times continue!
Quiltville Quote of the Day
Vintage album block quilt found in North Carolina.
If you can't solve it, it isn't a problem - it's reality. And sometimes reality is the hardest thing to understand and the thing that takes the longest to realize.
Put your focus on where you are going to go from here. Take a baby step in the right direction today!
Have a great Friday, everyone!