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Mission Santa Clara de Asís Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

Mission Santa Clara Paper Model

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission Santa Clara de Asís. 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).

Deluxe Set (Most Popular)
Includes Mission Accessories
Church Only
Large Size Mission Model
Mission Santa Clara de Asís Model Deluxe Set
Mission Santa Clara de Asis 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: 7.8 inches

History of Mission Santa Clara de Asís

While each mission’s main goal was to try educate and baptize as many Native Americans as possible, sometimes Spain had additional reasons for starting a new mission. Shortly after the sixth mission, San Francisco de Asis Mission, was finished, the Spanish wanted to strengthen their control of Northern California and take control of the Southern side of the San Francisco Bay too. So in November 1776, the Spanish sent a military expedition and Padre Tomás de la Peña to found a new mission. They arrived near the banks of the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe River) on January 12, 1777 and decided to build the eighth mission there.

It was named Santa Clara De Asis (Saint Clare of Assissi) Mission because Santa Clara De Asis was a follower of San Francisco De Asis and started a female order (group of nuns) known as the Poor Clares in the Catholic Church. The new mission was the first to be named after a woman.

As soon as the mission was started, the Padres were friendly to the Native Americans there who the Spanish called “Costeños” which means “people of the coast.” The Native Americans may have called themselves Ohlones, but the true meaning of this name has been lost. The Costeños lived in small villages where they caught fish, hunted deer and rabbits, and gathered acorns to make porridge and cake. Their lifestyle was based on hunting and gathering where Native Americans on the mission learned how to grow their own food and raised animals like cows, sheep, and goats.

The Costeños who chose live on the mission proved to be very good at agriculture. There were also 14,500 cattle and 15,500 sheep at the mission in 1800. Sana Clara De Asis Mission was also well known for growing high quality wheat. The mission was so successful at producing food that they helped supply many of the other California missions.

While Santa Clara De Asis Mission was able to attract Costeños almost immediately, the mission faced its first crisis when El Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe flooded. The Padres knew the mission would have to be moved and quickly found a new site on the other side of the river. This location was also short lived because of floods and the Padres moved the mission yet again a few years later. The third location was built in 1781 and ended up being the most stable of the three. Eventually a church, living quarters, and an area for the military were all built.

The new location was also successful in terms of how many Costeños chose to live on the mission and be baptized. In 1800, there were 1,247 Costeños living at Santa Clara De Asis Mission. Unfortunately, the Costeños had little to no immunity to diseases like smallpox that were brought to North America from Europe by the Spanish. It is believed that there were as many Costeños buried on the mission grounds as there were baptisms.

Much like other California missions, Santa Clara De Asis Mission experienced a number of hardships once Mexico won its independence from Spain. To save money and allow the Costeños and other Native Americans to be more independent, the mission system was ended and the Mexican government tried to give the Costeños their own land. This did not last long and white settlers ended up with the majority of Santa Clara De Asis Mission’s property. The mission survived these difficult years better than many of the other missions in California and was not damaged or allowed to fall into ruin.

The relative good luck experienced by Santa Clara De Asis continued until 1926, when a faulty wire set the mission on fire. The building was destroyed and only some artwork and one of the mission bells could be saved. Santa Clara de Asis Mission had become an important part of the community of San Jose and thanks to many donations, a new church was built on Santa Clara University’s campus. The new church did not try to copy the previous one, but did try to keep some of the original Spanish influence in its design. The church currently serves as the university chapel and hosts weddings, funerals, masses, and baptisms. Not only is the Santa Clara De Asis Mission still located on a beautiful college campus, but it welcomes visitors year round.