Mission 25th Anniversary

Marking 25 Years as a California State Historic Park

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Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park celebrated 25 years in 2016. There were special events at the park through the year. Learn more.

In celebration of this 25th anniversary, Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park will hold a three-part lecture series about the history of the Mission. The first talk, “The Santa Cruz Mission: Indigenous Experience, Then and Now” will be Thursday, Sept. 15. The lecture will feature Martin Rizzo, a UC-Santa Cruz PhD candidate speaking about indigenous survival and perseverance, and Val Lopez, chairperson of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band – Amah Mutsun Stewardship.

The lecture “The Santa Cruz Mission: Finding the Story in the Archaeology, Then and Now” will be Thursday, Oct. 20. Speakers include archaeologist Karen Hildebrand speaking on the topic “Years of Exploration: What Archeology Has Given Us,” and Linda Hylkema, RPA Director, Cultural Resource Management, Santa Clara University Summer Archaeology Project: A Collaboration of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and Santa Clara University.

The series wraps up with “The Santa Cruz Mission: Saving Our Oldest Building, Then and Now” on Thursday, Nov. 17. The event will include a presentation by The Adobe Coalition and City of Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews on the topic “A Grass-roots Movement to Save Local History” as well as a talk by local architect Gil Sanchez.

All events are free and will be held at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please dress warmly. The lecture series is a collaboration of California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.