PART FOUR: The Missions in Modern Times

Abbink, Emily
January 1996
Missions of Monterey Bay Area;1996, p66
In 1884 a novel called "Ramona," by Helen Hunt Jackson, hit bookshops throughout the U.S. Soon afterward, writers and painters featured the old mission architecture in their works. Land developers trying to attract settlers used missions as symbols of romance, hospitality, and healthy, relaxed outdoor living. Wealthy people soon began organizing groups interested in rebuilding the mission ruins. Charles F. Lummis, a California journalist, founded the Landmarks Club to raise money for mission restoration. Father Angelo Casanova of Monterey Bay, California, also recognized the new public interest in the old missions. While the mission buildings regained some of their vigor, Indian groups struggled to keep their cultures alive. Despite years of hardship, the Monterey Bay Ohlone peoples remain proud and unbeaten. INSET: Sifting through the Past.


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