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Mission San Rafael Arcángel Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

Mission San Rafael Arcángel Model Project

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Rafael Arcángel. 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
Mission San Rafael Arcangel Model Deluxe Set
Mission San Rafael Arcangel 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: 7.9 inches

History of Mission San Rafael Arcángel

The twentieth mission in California actually wasn’t built to be a mission at all. Instead, it was meant to help Mission Dolores, which was built in the San Francisco area which was cold and damp and led many who lived there to become sick. To deal with this problem, an “assistencia” or hospital to heal those who were sick at Mission Dolores was built on December 14, 1817 on the North side of the San Francisco Bay.

Even though it was not considered part of the California mission system at the time, the hospital was named Mission San Rafael Arcángel. San Rafael Arcángel (“Raphael the Archangel”) is famous for healing in Christianity and was the perfect person for the new mission to be named after.

Shortly after being founded, the Native Americans who were ill at Mission Dolores were transferred to Mission San Rafael Arcángel. By the end of the first year, there were over 300 Native Americans living at the new mission. They were attracted by the warmer climate and the extra medical care the Padres offered there. The population continued to grow as healthy members of the local Miwok tribe started to move to the mission too. Within a few years, Mission San Rafael Arcángel had over 1,000 Native Americans living at the mission.

One of the reasons healthy members of the Miwok tribe moved to Mission San Rafael Arcángel is that the Padres were especially enthusiastic about teaching them European trades like blacksmithing, boatbuilding, carpentry, and weaving. Like other missions in California, everyone on the mission had to help grow food and raise livestock. At Mission San Rafael Arcángel, many of the normal crops were grown like corn, wheat, and grapes for wine.

The rapid growth also caused Mission San Rafael Arcángel to be formally considered part of the California mission on October 19, 1822. This meant that in addition to growing food for everyone living at the mission, the Padres also tried to baptize as many Native Americans as possible. In 17 years, over 1,800 Native Americans were baptized which is impressive considering the mission was originally only meant to be a hospital.

Although it had less time to grow and become successful, Mission San Rafael Arcángel still was able to grow as much as 17,000 bushels of wheat in a year which was more than a number of other California missions.

By being one of the last California missions, Mission San Rafael Arcángel also had less time to prepare for the end of the mission system. Once Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1834, the new government quickly realized they could not pay for the missions like Spain had and so the government looked for a way to end them. Mexico offered Native Americans the land around the mission, but most couldn’t afford to buy land or didn’t want to own it and ended up leaving the missions altogether. In 1840, the Native American population at the mission had fallen from over 1,000 to just 150 and in 1844, Mission San Rafael Arcángel was completely abandoned.

The years that would follow would be very bad for the mission. Not only was all of the land at the mission sold, but so were the livestock and anything else of value was sold. That left an abandoned building which slowly fell apart over many years. The church at Mission San Rafael Arcángel eventually fell into ruins and was completely removed in 1870.

Unlike other missions in California, it would not be until 1949 for the mission to be rebuilt. Unfortunately, by this time, the design of the original mission was lost and a replica had to be built. Even to this day, it is unknown how accurate the current church is at Mission San Rafael Arcángel. It was based off of the memories of General Vallejo, the man who took control of the mission and helped found the town of San Rafael after Mexico ended the mission system.

Church services are held at Mission San Rafael Arcángel and there is an elementary and middle school on the old mission grounds. In addition, unlike other missions which offer either a more historically accurate building or a museum with relics from the old mission, Mission San Rafael Arcángel has neither. Instead, it is best appreciated for the unusual path it took to becoming part of the California mission system. Mission San Rafael Arcángel was not expected to be a mission nor given a lot of time to become successful, but it still helped many sick Native Americans recover from deadly diseases.