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San Gabriel Mission: De Anza Expedition Re-enactment Set

  • By Staff Reports
SAN GABRIEL - Historians of the years 1774 to 1776, Soldados Californios (Spanish "leatherjacket" soldiers) and others will be re-enacting the de Anza party's arrival at San Gabriel Mission on its way to find San Francisco on May 19.

The reenactment will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include a "Living History Camp."

Scheduled are reproduced artifacts, period music, dancing by "Yesteryears Dancers," activities for children, historic camps, demonstrations and more.

In 1776, Americans fought for their independence in the eastern part of North America and Daniel Boone led several families into the wilderness to colonize Kentucky. That same year, Juan Bautista de Anza led almost 300 people more than 1,200 miles to settle Alta California. It was the first overland route established to connect New Spain with San Francisco, said Steve Clugston, a founding member of Soldados Californios.

"On Jan. 4, 1776, the expedition reached San Gabriel Mission, its first outpost of the Spanish empire in (Alta) California," Clugston said. "Colonel Anza had visited the mission at its first site on his March 1774 trip, and the current site on his colonizing expedition. He remained there Jan. 4 to 6, 1776."

From the Anza diary: "I ate at the mission of San Gabriel. After going a league we passed the site of the old mission, where the huts were still standing. At three leagues one crosses the San Gabriel River, which here carries plentiful water and runs almost straight west to the sea. Afterward follow the hills, and in one of their canyons there is a little well ... The mission of San Gabriel they called San Gabriel de los Temblores because the earth trembled on the day when they arrived at that site."

The event is free as it will be in Plaza Park next to the mission and also on the large front walkway in front of the churches and gardens.

Regular admission fee applies if visitors would like to visit the mission museum and gardens. Admission fee is $3 for age 6 to 17, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors age 62 and older, and children age 5 and younger are free.

The purpose of San Gabriel Mission History Day is to inform people about mission history, people, cultures, events, buildings, artwork, artifacts, plant life and more. Contests are also planned for some months.

Thousands of fourth grade students study about early mission history as part of theĀ  curriculum in California schools.

Children must be with a parent or guardian age 18 or older.
Free self-parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the church lot at the intersection of Mission Road and Junipero Serra Drive or on nearby streets. The address is 427 South Junipero Serra Drive in San Gabriel. The telephone number is (626) 457-3048.

San Gabriel Mission was founded on Sept. 8, 1771 and is the fourth oldest of 21 missions in California.

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