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

Mission San Jose Model Project

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Jose. 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 Jose Model Deluxe Set
Mission San Jose Model Only
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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 inches

History of Mission San Jose

As more missions were built in California, Padre Fermin Lasuen set a goal for all missions to be one day’s horse ride away from each other. With this goal in mind, on June 11, 1797 Mission San José was founded on the East side of the San Francisco Bay in the San Joaquin Valley. Padre Lasuen named the fourteenth mission “La Misíon Del Gloriosisimo Patriarch San José” in honor of San José (St. Joseph), the foster-father of Jesus. Because of the name, many people assume that Mission San José is located in the city of San Jose, California but it is actually in Fremont.

The area where Mission San José was built was also home to Ohlone tribe who were friendly towards the Spanish. Unlike other missions in California, the Ohlone were slow to become interested in living at the mission. At the end of 1798, only 33 Ohlone had moved to the mission. This was surely a disappointment to the Padres who wanted to educate Ohlone about Christianity and baptize as many as possible. In 1805, Padres Fortuni and Duran came to the mission and were able to convince Ohlone to come live there by teaching them how to make baskets, rope, leather, adobe bricks, and blacksmithing.

The extra effort started to pay off and not only did the Ohlone start to move to Mission San José, but the mission was successful at farming too. One of the biggest advantages Mission San José had was the large amount of open space around the mission. Mission San José started with 500 cattle from Mission Santa Clara and later had over 350,000 cattle which was the highest at any California mission. The cattle were allowed to roam from what is now known as Oakland all the way down to the modern-day city of San Jose. Mission San José also was very successful at growing crops and was second only to San Gabriel Arcángel in the total amount of crops grown.

By 1834, Mission San José was clearly one of the most successful missions, but its luck was about to change. After Mexico won its independence from Spain, the new government needed to raise money to run the country. This made missions like Mission San José which had a huge amount of land and animals that could be sold very attractive. Like other missions in California, administrators were appointed by the Mexican government who tried to make as much money from the missions as possible. By the time, everything was sold, only the mission church was left and the Ohlone were forced to leave the lifestyle they had become used to. As a result, many died of disease and starvation afterwards.

In 1848, the United States government won control of California, though Mission San José was already starting to fall apart. In 1868, a giant earthquake struck the area and shattered the walls of the Mission San José. A new church was built nearby and the remains of Mission San José were left alone for many more years. It was not until 1915 that the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West started restoring Mission San José. While much of the mission was gone or damaged, they rebuilt a wing of the original mission and in 1973, the newly formed town of Fremont started to restoration of the entire mission.

The restorations were completed in 1985 and visitors can now see what the original mission looked like. The builders tried to restore the mission using the techniques the Padres and Ohlone would have used. So they chopped all of the wood by hand instead of using power saws and leather laces were used instead of metal nails because the Padres did not have access to any. Three of the original church’s bells have been added to the restored mission and many of the original statues and articles from the original Mission San José for visitors to see. Because the original Mission San José was surrounded by farms, visitors can also experience beautiful gardens around the mission. The large farms and herds of cattle may be gone, but the carefully reconstructed mission still offers an opportunity to visit one of the most successful missions in California.