Preservation Efforts

There is much to be done in order to preserve Mission San Juan Capistrano. Net revenues are raised from Mission hosted corporate events and special events are directed toward preservation. Membership dues derived from the Preservation Society are directed toward much-needed repair and conservation. However, these programs are not enough to save the Mission. Donations and gifts from supporters are integral to realizing the dream of a more authentic, historically accurate, and a continued legacy for California’s “Jewel of the Missions” – Mission San Juan Capistrano. The list of things to work on is extensive and requires funding and support from a variety of sources.

During 2005, a significant step forward was taken in creating a focus for the Mission’s long term preservation. Mission San Juan Capistrano became the only mission in the State of California with an in-house Preservation Team comprised of full-time professionals with backgrounds in the field of conservation, preservation, and historic site management.

Today, the Team includes a Preservation Project Manager, Preservation Technician, Museum Registrar, and Museum Assistant. Leading the efforts are the Pastor, a member of the Mission Preservation Foundation, and the Executive Director of the Mission.

When visitors ask, “what needs to be done” or “how can I help” – the first step is to become a member. The second is to consider assisting a specific project of preservation, and the third is to share our need with those around you. Mission San Juan Capistrano is Orange County’s only Mission and it needs support of time, talent, and funding.

What Can a Save America’s Treasures Grant do for a Community?
Listen below to Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director, Mission San Juan Capistrano, explain how receiving a Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant in 2000 not only helped preserve the ruins of the Mission’s Great Stone Church but also enlivened this historic landmark and the downtown community.

Adams shares that SAT “allowed us to bring people onto these grounds and to pay attention to the human spirit of the past as stewards today”.  The “work that we do isn’t just about saving structures but is actually about saving the identity and the plan and the meaning of a community and a place”.

For the Mission, the Save America’s Treasures grant was an investment that engaged the community in bringing about inspiration, education, preservation, and celebration.  And perhaps most importantly of all, the return of the swallows to Capistrano!

Help Us Save Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano
THE MISSION NEEDS YOU. By supporting the Mission, you become an essential part of history. In 2020, we are continuing our efforts to preserve Orange County’s only mission and most historically and religiously significant site. Your contributions will help with improvements to the Soldiers Barracks, North Wing and Serra Chapel, launch new exhibits and help with pest management. The Mission needs you to help preserve this “Jewel,” California Landmark #200 for generations to come. A gift in any amount will make a difference. One hundred percent of your gift goes to its intended purpose.

Make your annual gift. Click here to Donate today!

For more information, please call (949) 234-1323

Mission San Juan Capistrano receives no sustaining support from any governmental agency or religious organization. For more information call Barb Beier at (949) 234-1323. A non-profit organization under IRS 501 (c)(3). Tax ID#33-0833283 and #95-1904079