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Mission San Miguel Arcangel Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

Mission San Miguel Arcangel Model Project

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Miguel Arcangel. 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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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 Miguel Arcangel

The sixteenth mission built in California was founded by Padre Fermin Lasuen on July 25, 1797 which made it the third one built in that summer. The new mission was placed between Mission San Luis Obispo and Mission San Antonio de Padua to make travel easier on El Camino Real, the main road connecting all of the missions in California. The sixteenth mission was named Mission San Miguel Arcángel (“Saint Michael the Archangel”), who is an important person in Christianity and Judaism.

Padre Lasuen chose a location near the Salinan village called Cholam, because the Padres wanted to educate and baptize as many Native Americans as possible. He may have also chosen to locate near the Salinan, because members of the tribe already lived at other California missions. On the same day as the founding of Mission San Miguel Arcángel, 15 Salinan children were baptized which was a sign of success that the mission would later experience. Within six years, there were 1,000 Salinan living at the mission.

The Salinan helped build the church and other needed buildings at Mission San Miguel Arcángel. At first, a temporary church was built in 1797, but that was later destroyed by a fire in 1806. The Padres and Salinan began building a new church shortly after the fire which was completed in 1821. Unlike other missions in California, and its interior—which was painted by the Salinan and has been kept in its original condition—has survived the years and can be seen today at Mission San Miguel Arcángel.

Padre Lasuen not only chose a great location for attracting Salinan to Mission San Miguel Arcángel, but found a place where the mission could establish a successful economy. The land was flat and the soil was good for growing food. The mission was also located near the Nacimiento and Salinas Rivers which provided the mission with plenty of water. While the mission was able to grow plenty of food and raised animals like sheep, cows, and horses like other missions in California, it became wealthy because of the manufacture and trading of roof tiles. The Salinan were excellent at making these tiles which were then traded to other missions that needed them. Between 1808 and 1809, over 36,000 tiles were made at Mission San Miguel Arcángel.

Unfortunately, despite all of the success at Mission San Miguel Arcángel, the mission was eventually stopped in 1836. Mexico had won its independence from Spain in 1834 and appointed administrators to take over control of the missions and sell off their assets to help fund the new government. Many of the Salinan tribe ran away from the mission during this time and when the last Padre at the mission died in 1841, there were only 30 Salinan still living there.

In 1846, Mission San Miguel Arcángel was sold by the Mexican governor Pio Pico and the mission was used for other purposes than why the Padres built it. For a short time, the mission became the residence of a family and a general store. Later, it would serve as a saloon, dance hall, and storeroom during the California Gold Rush.

Finally, in 1859, Mission San Miguel Arcángel was returned to the Catholic Church and the process of restoring the mission began. While the building had not fallen into ruin like many of the other California missions, care was taken to keep the original interior the Salinans and Padres worked hard to create. As a result, Mission San Miguel Arcángel is one of the best preserved and most historically accurate missions in California.

While over time, the town of San Miguel has grown around the mission, Mission San Miguel Arcángel has opened a museum which has a collection of items designed to show visitors what life was like in the 1700 and 1800’s. The museum features a spinning wheel, a beehive oven, fishtraps, branding irons, forging tools, and a tile kiln which is still in operation. With so few missions that survived or still feature the original décor, Mission San Miguel Arcángel is truly a gem and offers visitors an authentic chance to see exactly what life was like on the mission in California.