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The California Missions Source Book: Key Information, Dramatic Images, and Fascinating Anecdotes Covering all Twenty-one Missions Paperback – January 16, 2010

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If one has room in his library for only a single volume on California s Spanish missions The California Missions Source Book by David J. McLaughlin with Dr. Ruben G. Mendoza is the one to own. This sturdy source book with its spiral binding, slick heavy pages, and convenient 8½ inches by 8½ inches size is designed for field use and is a visual delight as well...The authors and designers have managed to cram into the 68 pages your money's worth of primary data. --Merdith Schuetz-Miller in SMRC Bulletin, Issue No. 2 - 2010

The California Mission Source Book has a plethora of information that is easy to read and understand. Many children begin learning about the missions in the fourth and fifth grade, and this book would be a terrific tool for the classroom or at home working on a mission project for school. There is information on each mission, illustrations from the time period, recent photographs, as well as the history of the mission system as a whole. --Sacramento Book Review. Dec. 15 2009

The California Missions Soucebook, compiled by publisher David McLaughlin with contributions by archaeologist Dr. Ruben Mendoza, provides an engaging introduction to the California missions. Largely a series of individual profiles of the state's twenty-one Franciscan settlements, each profile handsomely laid out on two facing pages, the Sourcebook begins with short summaries of the development of the mission endeavor as a whole, including the period since secularization in the mid 1830s. Each mission profile includes details about priests, Indians, mission sites and layouts, water sources, population, agriculture and livestock, and mission churches - including bells, art and artifacts - as well as significant events and special attractions. The concise, regular format is richly illustrated. Durable pages and handy cover-folds mark this as a book made to be used again and again. By design, this popular reference provides the kind of basic information that one expects in a general work targeting a broad audience, and does so more systematically than many counterparts. The book will be a handy guide for anyone wanting quick access to the most essential facts about the missions... Anyone interested in the missions will want to add this book to their collection. It represents a significant, attractively designed contribution to the popular literature on the subject. --Dr. Jack Williams in Boletin Volume 26, Number 1 and 2, 2009

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This richly illustrated book contains the first colorized versions of nineteen of the mission event drawings of A. B. Dodge and Alexander Harmer along with detailed fact sheets on each of the twenty-one missions.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Pentacle Press; 1st edition (January 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982504705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982504703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a reviewer on Amazon, I have to say that I've always been totally fascinated by the history of the California missions, even though I've only found a few such books that seem to satisfy my quality standards. This is clearly one of the handful of California mission books that I can recommend, but interestingly enough, it's not because of photographs of the "current" missions.

All of the original California missions have been re-built, many several times since their inception, and books that include primarily photos of current California missions don't impress me very much. This book DOES impress me, because of its beautiful visual and textual design: it contains many prints of a lot of original, earlier drawings and paintings, most in color...and the text DOES represent a good "source book", along with the book's beautiful physical design.

You will sit down with this spiral bound book, with its gorgeous design, features, and facts, and its beautiful visuals, and you will love long as you love the idea of the California missions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tunes Plus on March 15, 2012
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I'm writing this in part to balance the previous review. At 68 pages, this book cannot cover the history of the missions in any depth. What's in it is good but, if you want a details account of the history of the missions, I would suggest Converting California by James Sandos. This book is more like a coffee table book; nice pictures and drawings, well made, but light on the facts. I did appreciate the census data.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Tapia on February 11, 2013
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This book is exactly what it says it is a source Book with key Information, dramatic Images, and fascinating anecdotes covering all twenty-one mission. This is not a book for those that want in depth information, it is extremely concise and very useful. I am currently a student taking a Mission Archaeology course by the editor Rubén G. Mendoza and this book goes well with the course and has helped me get a better grasp about mission history.
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This is an excellent source book for teaching CA history. As a teacher and a homeschooler, I am really enjoying this full-color, packed to the gills, book.

I gave this a 4 only because of the spiral spine it has. I realize this allows the book to lay flat, which is excellent when used in a classroom situation and using a document camera to reflect the page onto the white board. But I prefer hardcover as they last longer and the pages don't tear out as easily. With this type of spine I would not give the book to a child to flip through independently unless I was right there, for fear of pages tearing out.

Otherwise I highly recommend this. I'm using this along with the CA mission series (21 booklets by Mary Null Boule). You can get the 21 booklet series through Amazon buying one at a time when they are listed, or go to BookfinderDOTcom and do a search. I was able to get the entire set of 21.
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