if you can England without the Tower of London, Egypt without the
Pyramids, China minus its Great Wall. It's unimaginable, since our
impressions of these places are typically intertwined with those historic
California without its missions is equally unthinkable.
Since the Spanish friars and native peoples joined
together in the building of these settlements, this land we call
California has been shaped and influenced by what they accomplished
in that most ambitious undertaking. From the vineyards of Sonoma
to the ranches of Santa Barbara to the adobe arcades and red tile
roofs of San Diego, the missions have left their mark on who we
are and what we have become.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once wrote, "When I want
to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will
happen tomorrow, I look back."
With your help, this Foundation-by
preserving and restoring the California missions-hopes to keep open
this unique door to our collective past, and in so doing, to invite
this and future generations to step into a new understanding, not
just of history, but of human endeavor.
Make our mission your own. Please
give your support to the work of this Foundation.
The condition and needs listed on each mission's page was provided by CMF Vice Chair Tina Foss.