Please join us for a bus trip to the Irvine Museum at 18881 Von Karman Ave, Suite 1000, in Irvine for a docent-led tour of their spring exhibit, “Along El Camino Real.” This exhibition explores the history of the California missions. These outposts were connected by El Camino Real (the Royal Road or the King’ Highway), which approximated the route of Highway 101.
The first mission in what is now California was founded by Spain in San Diego in 1769. Over the next 54 years, 20 more were established, stretching as far north as Sonoma. In 1821, Mexico declared its independence from Spain and claimed California as a province. The missions were greatly restricted during this period, and their vast land holdings were taken away. By 1850, when California became the 31st state of the United States, most missions had been abandoned and were in ruins. It wasn’t until the 1890s, when artists began to portray them as relics of California’s romantic past, that a serious effort was made to preserve and restore the structures.
The bus will leave from the Berkeley Place parking lot on campus (near the Education Building) on May 10 at 10 am and will return to the same location by 11:50 am.