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San Gabriel Mission’s History Forum: Saturday, October 1, 2011


The CSA Blog has received the following announcement for this year’s History Forum at the San Gabriel Mission:

San Gabriel Mission and

Jonathan Heritage Foundation

Invite You To

San Gabriel Mission’s History Forum

Saturday, October 1, 2011    10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Dr. James A. Sandos

Farquhar Professor of the Southwest, University of Redlands

Patricia Sandos, Independent Scholar

“Spanish Music in California’s Missions:

Little known, Unexpected and Unforgettable”

 One of the most respected mission historians, Dr. Sandos and his wife Patricia have researched the lives of mission instrumentalists and found that participation in musical performance had powerful social impacts upon Indian community development beyond the conventional consideration of historians and musicologists. They will examine the impact of Spanish ritual music in the missions and will feature audio examples of both tribal and liturgical song.

Dr. Kristine Ashton Gunnell

Claremont Graduate University

“Modernizing the Mission: The Daughters of Charity and

Sisters’ Hospital, Los Angeles, 1880-1920”

Using Sisters’ Hospital in Los Angeles as a case study, Dr. Ashton Gunnell analyzes the ways that women-led charity hospitals negotiated the challenges associated with scientific modernization of their institutions, while also maintaining a commitment to their traditional mission of caring for the poor. These religious women sought to incorporate “modern” medical practices to attract more paying patients. By doing so, the Daughters of Charity modernized their mission, balancing the demands of medical businesses with humanitarian impulses to care for the poor.

 Moderated by John Macias, San Gabriel Mission parishioner and

Ph.D. Candidate in History, Claremont Graduate University

 This event is an opportunity for the public to interact with historians in an informal

setting so that everyone can share information and learn more about history!

This special event is FREE, but seating is LIMITED.

Reserve your seat by calling 626-457-3048 no later than September 23.

Persons age 17 and younger MUST be with a parent or guardian age 18 or older.

Enter at mission’s gift shop to check in.



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