This is the San Diego de Alcala|
Missions of California Educational Project.
Parental Supervision is Recommended.
Known as the Mother of the Missions, Mission San Diego de Alcala was
founded July 16, 1769, by Father Junipero Serra. It was the first of the 21
missions and California's first church.
Several hundred Indians attacked the mission in 1775, killing a priest and
burning the church. Realizing they could not compete with Spanish guns, the
Indians eventually cooperated with the padres in rebuilding. By 1797 the
mission had 50,000 acres of land with a variety of crops and 32,000 head of
For 12 years after secularization, the mission was used by the U.S. Army
to stable horses. Restoration began in 1931. Within ten years the mission again
became an active parish and in 1976 was designated a Minor Basilica by Pope
Precision-cut, foam core parts
Short history of the mission included
Complete assembly instructions
One San Diego de Alcala Kit
In the state of California, many 4th Grade students get involved in
building a model of one of the California Spanish missions
Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please keep
away from children 3 years of age and younger
Cardboard roof material is supplied with the kit. Optional adobe
style roofing tiles are shown in some photographs and are
available at your craft supply store