2021 Special Event Weekend

Telling and Teaching the Truth of the California Missions
UC Critical Mission Studies Conference on Northern California Missions

Friday August 27, 2021
at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

In-person and live-streamed
Registration required for in-person participation -- Space is limited

We request that only vaccinated people attend this event, for the safety of speakers, actors, staff, and guests.  Masks are required. We observe all Federal and State COVID safety precautions including social distancing. All events are outside. 

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Sponsored by University of California Critical Mission Studies Project, Amah Mutsun Tribal BandOhlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation, UCSC American Indian Resource Center, and the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.



Black and white photo of Mission ripped in halfTruth-telling, Truth-seeking: Uncovering Painful Histories of the California Missions
Friday, August 27 from 1 to 5:30 pm

Join us for conversations with California Indian researchers, leaders, and allied scholars.





IYA Play PosterIYA: The Ex'celen Remember: A Staged Reading about Native Esselen Memories of the California Spanish Missions
Friday, August 27 from 6 to 8 pm
Playwrights Q&A afterwards

dinner included with reservation

When a family reunites by chance to remember a loved one they rediscover who they are to themselves, to each other, and to their ancestors. Inspired by Louise J. Miranda Ramirez, Tribal Chairwoman for the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation (OCEN) and written and arranged by Luis xago Juárez of Baktun12, this excerpt of IYA: The Ex’celen Remember features a flashback to the mid-1990s when these family members revisit a memory of their “Auntie Umu” and their own version of the 4th grade mission history project she helped them present as children to a school assembly, drawing immediate and unintended consequences.


Santa Cruz Bell Removal Ceremony PosterMission Bell Removal Ceremony 

Saturday, August 28 from 1 to 5 pm
at Mission Plaza Park

No Reservation Required

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will formally remove the first of the Mission Bell markers in a public ceremony.

1 pm - Speakers at Mission Plaza
3 pm - Walk downtown to bell marker
3:30 pm - Bell removal at Soquel Avenue and Dakota Avenue

For more event information, visit www.removethebells.org