Interpretive Issues and the California Missions

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Society for California Archaeology


This paper explores the ways in which the history of the mission period is presented to the general public at mission sites in California. Discussion centers around two case studies, Mission San Francisco de Asís and the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. These sites are used to examine issues such as audience and resources that affect public presentations at mission sites. The potential of archaeology to add to a more nuanced and pluralistic public interpretation of the mission period will also be considered.