Indian Life at the California Missions
How did native people live at the Spanish missions in California? What was their daily life like? What work did they do? What did they eat? An in-depth look at native life in the California missions.
Father Junipero Serra - A Brief Biography for Students
Read a brief biography of Father Junipero Serra, Franciscan Missionary in California and useful topic for 4th-Grade History projects.
Quick Guide to Mission San Miguel: for Visitors and Students
The best things about doing a fourth grade project for Mission San Miguel are its original frescoes and all the original buildings that are still standing
A Quick Guide to Mission San Jose for Visitors and Students
Mission San Jose has an interesting history and it's a good choice for Bay Area fourth graders, but the complex interior make model-building more difficult.
Quick Guide to Mission San Antonio De Padua: for Visitors and Students
This less-know mission is very isolated and a good place to get an idea of what its surroundings looked like in the 1700s. They have a good museum too.
A Quick Guide for Visitors and Students
This little mission is one of California's oldest and best-preserved, but the building is hemmed in and hard to get to in the middle of the city. I love their dioramas.
Quick Guide to Mission San Fernando
San Fernando Mission has some interesting rooms and is a great place to take the kids while working on their mission project.
Quick Guide to Mission San Juan Bautista for Visitors and Students
The best thing a Mission San Juan Bautista is how much of it is still standing. And it's an easy day trip from the San Francisco Bay area.
Quick Guide to San Francisco Solano (Sonoma) Mission: for Visitors and Students
A day trip to Sonoma for your mission trip doesn't get better than this. The building is an easy model to make and the town has lots for the adults to enjoy
Old Maps of San Francisco Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind
First known map of San Francisco Bay Area by Fray Juan Crespi in 1772. Map nerds rejoice—we've combed archives for old maps of San Francisco that cover everything from fire damage to failed transit...