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San Jose


San Jose
Kit includes precision-cut, foam-core parts, a short history of the mission and complete assembly instructions. White glue and decorating materials are required.


Founded by Father Fermin de Lasuen on June 11, 1797, San Jose was 14th in the mission chain. It eventually recorded more converts than any other mission, with over 6000 baptisms of local Ohlone Indians.

Fertile land allowed the mission to excel at fruit and olive production. By 1831 over 38,000 head of livestock roamed mission lands. Assigned to San Jose in 1806, Father Narciso Duran brought more acclaim by creating a 30-piece orchestra, complete with striking uniforms.

When an 1868 earthquake destroyed the mission, a small wooden church was built and used for over 100 years. In 1985 a near perfect replica of the original church was completed, and today it serves as a local parish church.


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