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Patrons Enjoy Double Header At Huntington

Patrons Enjoy Double Header At Huntington Patrons Enjoy Double Header At Huntington Patrons Enjoy Double Header At Huntington Patrons Enjoy Double Header At Huntington

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On November 8, 2013, the California Patrons enjoyed two remarkable private tours at the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Over 70 Patrons divided into two groups to tour the ground-breaking exhibition “Junipero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions.” Patron and Board Member Maria Grant not only arranged the visit but she led the first group of Patrons on a memorable explanation of the exhibition. Steve Hackel, the co-curator, led the second cohort through the display of maps, art work, documents, and even Fr. Serra’s burial stole and cross. It is the first time that many of these objects had ever been assembled together. The curators mined 61 collections in the United States, Mexico, and Spain to create the exhibition. Concurrently with the 300th anniversary of Fr. Serra’s birth, the exhibition reviews Serra’s life and formative influences, traces his missionary work in Mexico, and examines the impact of Fr. Serra and the mission system on the indigenous population. Finally, the exhibition examines how Californians perspectives on Serra and the missions have changed over time.