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At Santa Barbara mission, history is kept alive with daily activities
At Santa Barbara mission, history is kept alive with daily activities

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara 10th mission 1786 This mission, often called Old Mission Santa Barbara, is a hive of activity, with lecture series, Franciscans on the scene, an active museum, extensive archives and gardens. (Its overnight retreat facilities will close in December.) The church — whose handsome facade often ends up on the cover of books about the missions — was rebuilt between 1815 and 1820 after an 1812 earthquake. Its 10-room museum has an altar built in 1789 by the Chumash, including an abalone-inlaid tabernacle (cabinet). Juana María, the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island who inspired Scott O'Dell's classic story "Island of the Blue...

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