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

Mission San Gabriel Paper Model

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Gabriel. 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. 

Two Ways to Order!

1. Buy now on Amazon. Two options to choose from. Mission Large Model Only and Deluxe Set (includes mission accessories).

Deluxe Set (Most Popular)
Includes Mission Accessories
Church Only
Large Size Mission Model
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel Model Deluxe Set
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel Model Only
Buy Mission San Gabriel on Amazon
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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: 7.5 inches

History of Mission San Gabriel

The fourth mission in California was built to solve a specific problem by the Spanish. Father Junipero Serra, the man who had started the first three missions knew that all of the missions needed to be connected to each other by land. This would make it easier for every mission to have plenty of food and supplies. Unlike the previous missions, Padre Junipero Serra did not choose the location himself. Instead, he sent several Franciscans to Santa Ana to build the mission in September, 1771. The Franciscans followed the San Gabriel River until they found a good place and the mission was named after San Gabriel Arcangel (Archangel Gabriel). Gabriel was a messenger from God in The Bible.

Unlike previous missions, San Gabriel Arcángel Mission was successful right away thanks to the efforts of Padre Antonio Cruzado and Miguel Sanchez. The Shoshone tribe was friendly towards the mission and the Padres (Fathers) were happy to see some Shoshone wanted to be baptized on the second day of building the mission. However, the great start was threatened by a Spanish soldier who killed a member of the Shoshone tribe after becoming interested in their wife. The Padres quickly made the soldier leave the mission and were able to keep the Shoshone happy. The Native Americans who lived on the mission were later called “Gabrieleño,” because there was such a large number of them at San Gabriel Arcángel Mission.

In 1776, the Padres decided to move the mission to a new location about five miles away in what is now Montebello, California, From this time on, San Gabriel Arcángel Mission quickly became the richest mission in California. It was a major stop in the land and trade route from Mission San Gabriel de Alcalá and Mission San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo. The Padres and Shoshone grew many plants including corn, wheat, and grapes for wine. San Gabriel Arcángel Mission also supplied soap and candles to most of the other missions in California. The Padres’ main goal was not to become rich and they focused on educating and baptizing as many of the Shoshone as they could. While there isn’t an exact number of how many were baptized, over 6,000 Shoshone were buried near the mission and it is likely that many chose to be baptized while living with the Padres.

Another aspect of San Gabriel Arcángel Mission’s history that stands out is that when many of the other missions began to fall apart, the fourth mission was able to survive. In the 1800’s ownership of the mission changed several times. At first, the Mexican government sold or gave the land near the mission to the Shoshone and other Native Americans who lived nearby. The Shoshone did not care about owning land and a person was put in charge of the mission by the Mexican government in November 1834. At the time, there were 16,500 cattle at the mission, but in just a few years, they were almost all sold by the greedy owner. The Padres who had left the mission many years ago, were asked to come back and they found that the mission was completely empty and everything that was valuable had been taken.

Despite this setback, the mission survived and began to take on a more important role in the 1900’s. Saint Anthony Claret took over ownership of San Gabriel Arcángel Mission and started to use it as a church once again. His church embraced the ideas of the Padres and tried to make it as open and welcome to all people no matter what religion they followed.

Currently, the San Gabriel Arcángel Mission has one of the largest collections of mission relics in existence. They have paintings that were done by Native Americans living at the mission and other pieces of art that are 400 years old. San Gabriel Arcángel Mission has beautiful gardens where visitors can enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and peaceful nature of the mission. There is also a cemetery near the gardens where many of the Padres and Gabrieleño are buried after spending many years on the mission. The Padres who served at the mission would also be proud to know that San Gabriel Arcángel Mission has seen over 25,000 baptisms since it was built. This was the primary goal of the missions and one that San Gabriel Arcángel Mission was very successful with.