Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

For a number of years psychologist Alan Dienstag led a creative writing group for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The experience, which he recounted on a broadcast of On Being in March 2015, gave him insights into the power of sharing memories to break through the isolation of people with dementia.1 Sharing their...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvi

One advantage of working on a project for decades is that you accumulate a long list of colleagues who have enriched the scholarship and the experience. Those who contributed to my thinking on the materiality of the past and its meanings for the present include Kevin Murphy, Norman Neuerburg, Ian W. Brown...

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Introduction: Missions, Memory, and Heritage

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pp. 1-30

These posts capture the ineffable allure of the California missions. Their contradictory mix of beauty and bloody history, their evocation of another time, the embodied experience of space, and a sense of connection with the past have threaded descriptions of the missions for more than a century. In the foreword...

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1. Colonial Mission Landscapes

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pp. 31-70

The mission landscapes that survive today as popular heritage sites with their beautiful churches and courtyard gardens have deep histories that stretch back thousands of years. To comprehend the significance of the present landscapes it is necessary to examine the establishment of the missions at the end of the...

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2. Inventing Heritage: Time Binding in the Mission Landscape

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pp. 71-134

When William Henry Jackson published his 1894 collection of photographs of California’s “ancient” missions and churches, he was documenting the crumbling remains of the state’s colonial history. He lauded the missions for their picturesque architecture and “the treasures of sentiment, the charms of romance, and...

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3. Cultivating Heritage: Race, Identity, and the Politics of the Mission Landscape

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pp. 135-178

An editorial published in 1948 in the Santa Barbara News Press declared that “the people of every California city would like to have Santa Barbara’s Old Mission, but it sits here where it belongs in time and place and public understanding.”1 This statement of local pride and ownership reflects the fact that the transformation...

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4. Consuming Heritage: The Embodied Experience of the California Missions

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pp. 179-228

The missions were destinations in design and in practice long before they became popular tourist sites. Beginning in 1769, crosses were erected and bells hung to announce the missionaries’ arrival to the local natives. The colonial mission churches were self-consciously public buildings; their architecture invested heavily in facades, bell towers, campanarios, and other highly visible features that...

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Conclusion: Third Spaces and the Future of Mission Memory Practices

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pp. 229-246

The California missions have been and continue to be many things to many people. They are monuments to the origins and accomplishments of California’s western civilization. They are memorials commemorating the lives of those who lie buried there. They are faith communities and field trip destinations. They...

Appendix: Plant Lists

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pp. 247-250

Notes

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pp. 251-298

Bibliography

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pp. 299-338

Index

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pp. 339-365