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MISSION LA PURÍSIMA CONCEPCIÓN

Mission La Purisima Concepcion Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

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Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission La Purisima Concepcion . Perfect for school projects! All you have to do is cut, glue and assemble this mission into a beautify 3D replica. Printed on thick card heavy duty stock paper. 

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History of Mission La Purisima Concepcion

The eleventh mission built in California was founded by Padre Fermin Lausen on Dec. 8, 1787 not far from what is now Lompoc, California. Padre Lausen named it Mission La Purísima Concepción De María Santísima which means “Mission of the Immaculate Conception of Most Holy Mary” and is in honor of Mary, the mother of Jesus, but in English the name is often shortened to “Mission La Purisima” for convenience.

Mission La Purisima was one of five missions in California that was built near the Chumash tribe. The Chumash were not only friendly towards the Padres, but also moved onto the California missions quickly and adapted well to life there. In 1798, one of the Padres wrote a report that the mission didn’t have enough buildings for the 920 mission inhabitants. It was important to the Padres that the Chumash came to the mission right away because they wanted to baptize as many Chumash as they could and begin growing food at the mission. Like the other missions, Mission La Purisima grew crops like wheat and corn and raised cows and sheep. Mission La Purisima was also known for making high-quality shoes and wool blankets.

While Mission La Purisima was successful at performing baptisms and growing food, some problems did occur in the 1800’s. One of the worst was the Chumash had little to no immunity against diseases like smallpox and measles which the Spanish brought to California from Europe. According to records kept by the Padres, between 1804 and 1807 there were 500 Chumash deaths. To make matters worse, in 1812, a large earthquake which affected many of the missions in California struck Mission La Purisima. Since the mission was located on a fault line, it experienced the full force of the quake. By the time the earthquake was over, the church was damaged beyond repair. Strong storms began shortly after caused the adobe houses to turn into mud and fall apart as well.

Instead of rebuilding the mission at the same location, the Padres decided to move it North to “La Cañada de los Berros” (“Canyon of the Watercress”) which was near “El Camino Real,” the trail that the Spanish used to travel to each of the missions in California. In 1813, construction of new buildings took place and after ten years, Mission La Purisima was finally rebuilt.

The mission was once again peaceful until 1923, when there was conflict between the Chumash and Spanish military. The Spanish military had never treated the Native Americans as well as the Padres and after the military flogged a Chumash at their base, the Chumash at Mission La Purisima took control of the mission and built walls around buildings. When the Spanish military arrived, they killed 17 Chumash and arrested many others. The Padres took back control over Mission La Purisima and the Chumash got along with the Spanish afterwards.

Like many of the other missions in California, Mission La Purisima’s luck changed in 1834 when Mexico won its independence from Spain. The mission was shut down and the land from the mission was eventually sold to settlers and the church changed hands a number of times. From 1845 to 1903, the mission was owned by a number of people, but none of the owners took care of the buildings. In 1903, Union Oil Company purchased the mission and by this time, all of the buildings had been ruined. Union Oil Company recognized the historical value of the Mission La Purisima and started a slow process of turning the area into a historical monument.

In 1934, efforts to restore the buildings of the mission began. With only the foundation of the original buildings left, the National Park Service carefully followed the old style of Mission La Purisima. Unlike other missions which usually only have a church left, all of the buildings were eventually restored so that visitors can see how large the California missions really were. Scientists were also brought in to restore the gardens and they carefully researched plants that they knew existed in California and were grown or used by the Spanish and Chumash at Mission La Purisima.

The mission now sits in 967 acres of natural California landscape so visitors to Mission La Purisima not only get to see the size of the mission, but also what the surrounding area must have looked like. Tours are also available where volunteers dress up in historical clothing and show visitors what life was like on the mission in the 1700 and 1800’s. While it is true that very little of Mission La Purisima is still original, it does offer visitors the ability to see the full scale of a California mission which none of the missions located in cities can match.