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Mission San Buenaventura Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

Mission San Buenaventura Model Project

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Buenaventura. 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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1. Buy now on Amazon. Two options to choose from. Mission Large Model Only and Deluxe Set (includes mission accessories).

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Includes Mission Accessories
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Large Size Mission Model
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2. Purchase a Mega Deluxe Set downloadable online now.

Get instant access. You will receive multiple pdf files where you can print on your own color printer. The Mega Deluxe Set comes with everything you see below. This is not available on Amazon. You will get the Large Mission Model, The Extra Annex Building, The Mission Accessories and the Project Board Mega Pack. 

Mission Model Size

Large Size Base:

  • Width: 10 inches
  • Length: 13 inches
  • Height: 8.1 inches

History of Mission San Buenaventura

By the time the Spanish Padres were ready to build the ninth mission in California, Spain was becoming less interested in the missions. A big reason for this was the cost of building new missions was high and the Spanish government started to view the missions as not being worth the cost. To make matters worse, the Yuma tribe was at war with the Spanish military which made the Spanish question the missions’ goal. How could they trust that the missions were making Native Americans friendly and productive members of the Spanish empire if there was violence?

Fortunately for the California missions, Padre Junipero Serra was still a strong believer in both the missions and their ability to baptize a large number of Native Americans. He argued passionately for a ninth mission and in 1782, Padre Serra led an expedition to found a new mission. On Easter day (March 31st), 1782, Padre Serra chose an unusual location for the founding of San Buenaventura Mission. He decided to build it in a Chumesh village, who were a particularly friendly tribe of Native Americans. The ninth mission was named after San Buenaventura (Saint Bonaventure) who was a leading writer in the Middle Ages. San Buenaventura wrote so much that many of the documents from the 1200’s are thought to be his.

Padre Junipero Serra did not stay at San Buenaventura Mission for very long because of his old age and he wanted to return to his favorite mission in San Diego. Instead, he left Padre Cambon in charge. Padre Cambon was friendly with the Chumesh and quickly built an irrigation canal from the mountains to the mission. This ensured that San Buenaventura Mission had all the water it could need. Instead of focusing on basic crops like corn and wheat, the Padres and Chumesh were able to grow exotic fruit, herbs, bananas, sugar cane, figs, and coconut. George Vancouver, an English explorer, was so impressed by the orchards that he called San Buenaventura Mission the most beautiful place he had ever seen.

Like several other missions, a strong earthquake hit San Buenaventura in 1812 and caused significant damage, the front of the church, which was mostly built out of stone, took nearly three years to repair. Despite this setback, by 1816, there were 1,328 Chumesh living on the mission which meant San Buenaventura Mission was not one of the biggest missions, but also was not one of the smaller, less successful ones either.

San Buenaventura Mission’s good luck lasted until Mexico won its independence from Spain. The newly formed Mexican government had less money and interest in the missions than Spain and sold off the land around the missions. During this period, there was even a battle at San Buenaventura Mission between different factions of the Mexican government to gain control of the region. From 1834 to 1862, the mission was closed with no Padres or Chumesh living there.

Once the mission was returned to the Catholic Church, San Buenaventura Mission was slowly renovated. Some changes went against the original Spanish style, like small windows which were common at the missions were replaced by much taller ones. Part of the building was removed to make room for a school. Fortunately, in 1956, major renovations began to return the mission to its original style.

Since the railroad arrived in 1887, Ventura, California grew into a large city with the mission holding its own small place within it. San Buenaventura Mission has a pair of very old Norfolk pine trees which are well over 100 years old which give it character, especially being located in the middle of a busy city. The mission has a museum which contains missionary relics and items used by the Chumesh who lived at the mission. One of the most interesting is the remains of two old wooden bells which were used early in the mission’s life are the only examples of non-metal bells that still exist. There are also records of the number of deaths and baptisms that was signed by Junipero Serra. The orchards which made San Buenaventura Mission famous may no longer exist, the mission is still an excellent one to visit.