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DIY Mission Kit #6

Build your choice of Santa Cruz, San Juan Bautista, San Luis Obispo De Tolosa or San Miguel Arcangel

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Kit includes cardboard sheets, patterns for the missions shown, and easy-to-follow instructions. Assembly can be completed in 4-5 hours and requires scissors, ruler, white glue and decorating material.

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz became the 12th mission when founded on August 28, 1791. It was destined not to reach its potential. The influence of nearby Branciforte pueblo, a community of ex-convicts and thieves, led frustrated padres to evacuate the mission in 1818.

San Juan Bautista
The 15th mission, San Juan Bautista was founded on June 24, 1797, and includes the largest mission church. Father Estevan Tapis created a male choir. Father Felipe del Arroyo could preach in seven Native American dialects and created the first dictionary-like document of their languages.

San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded fifth in the mission chain on September 1, 1772. On three occasions, flaming arrows burned its thatched roofs. Determined padres replaced them with roofs of rounded, red clay tiles — introducing a trademark of California architecture.

San Miguel Arcangel
San Miguel Arcangel, founded on July 25, 1797, is the 16th mission and contains some of the best-preserved Indian murals in California, completed under the direction of Spanish painter Esteban Munros.


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