Sonoma Mission 200: Shaping a Commemoration

The Bay Area District of California State Parks is engaging with local tribes, stakeholders and the public to shape the commemoration of the upcoming 200th anniversary of Mission San Francisco Solano (Sonoma Mission).


 

The Sonoma Mission was established July 4, 1823 and is the cornerstone of Sonoma State Historic Park located in Sonoma’s city center. It is the last of 21 California missions and one of few mission related sites that are protected and operated as a California State Park.

The mission’s 200th anniversary is an opportunity to begin addressing shortcomings, broadening narratives, strengthening connections, and making the mission and its history relevant to a broader audience.

 


 

The Sonoma Mission 200 Project

The Bay Area District is executing a three-phase project and has contracted the Sonoma State University Anthropological Studies Center (ASC). The “Sonoma Mission 200” project focuses on community input to help to define the scope of a mission commemoration and to shape the future of interpretation at Sonoma State Historic Park.

 
 

Phase I: Outreach/Event Plan Development

During Spring 2022 a multi-faceted outreach project was conducted to facilitate the collaborative development of a plan for how Sonoma SHP and the community will mark this historic anniversary. This effort included the Bay Area District holding a virtual public meeting, an in-person stakeholder meeting, a park staff and volunteer meeting and conducting an online survey. Analysis of project feedback and consultation with California Native American Tribal Nations is on-going. A commemoration plan guided by community participation will be published this year.

Phase II: Plan Implementation

Working closely with the Bay Area District, ASC will coordinate meetings, develop and manage schedules, and communicate with Sonoma Mission 200 community partners.  

Phase III: Project Legacy

ASC will produce a document that memorializes the Sonoma Mission 200 project. It will include the foundational data and feedback that informed the anniversary commemoration plan and its associated activities, and capture lessons learned. It will update the park’s interpretive themes that will inform the future of interpretation at Mission Sonoma. 

 

 

Timeline

Spring/Summer 2022 - Project Outreach Meetings and Survey

Summer/Fall 2022 – Commemoration Plan Development

Fall/Winter 2022 thru TBD 2023 – Commemoration Plan Implementation

July 4th, 2023 – 200th Anniversary of the founding of Sonoma Mission

Fall 2023 – Project legacy document issued

Sonoma Mission Courtyard
 

 

In the spirit of California State Park’s “Reexamining Our Past” initiative, Sonoma State Historic Park is committed to evaluating, improving, and re-envisioning its identity and the impact of its interpretation.

Reexamining Our Past Initiative (ca.gov)


Visit our website www.parks.ca.gov/sonomashp

Contact us: sonomamission200@parks.ca.gov

 

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