California Mission Studies Association

February 13-15, 2015

For a printable schedule of events and hotel information,
click here.

For a schedule of the Saturday papers,
click here.

32nd Annual Conference to return to Ventura for the first time since 1986


The Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Mission San Buenaventura as the host location for the upcoming CMSA Annual Conference, scheduled for February 13-15, 2015. The three-day event, which begins on Friday and wraps on Sunday, will return to Mission San Buenventura for the first time since 1986 -- the third year of the annual CMSA gathering.

"Other than Mission San Jose, no other location has waited longer to re-host CMSA than Mission San Buenaventura," said CMSA President David A. Bolton. "Father Tom at the mission has been very receptive to CMSA returning to this historic site, and we are all looking forward to this 32nd annual gathering."

The Conference will begin Friday with an optional lunch at the Mission, followed by an afternoon of workshops (detials to follow in the Conference Registartion packets to be sent out in November). That Friday evening, as is tradition, there will be a hosted reception for attendees, followed by a performance in the mission church and the annual CMSA business and general membership meeting.

Saturday the Conference will focus on the Paper Presentations, with lunch served at the mission. That Saturday evening the Annual CMSA Awards Banquet will be held at the Wyndham Garden Pierpont Hotel -- the host hotel for the conference.

Sunday the Conference wraps up with a pair of optional historic site tours locally. 

Call for Papers to Present at Upcoming Conference

The CMSA Paper and Publiation Committee has chosen, "Alta California in a Changing Evironment" as the theme for the upcoming conference. 

According to the CMSA Committeee: "Missions, Presidios and Ranchos have all had to deal changing environments in a multitude of ways, in the past and in the future."

If you would like to submit a presentation for consideration for the upcoming 2015 CMSA Conference, please send via email to
  • An abstract of 100 to 200 words. Indicate if it is a single presentation (20 min including questions.), or a panel session (60 min.)
  • Names of all presenters, affiliation(s), contact information (including e-mail)
  • Audio-visual requirements
Abstracts are due by email by December 15, 2014 attention CMSA Conference Program Coordinators.


Wyndham at Pierpont Inn
Tel: 805.643.6144
Contact: Sue Stalley
Please mention “CMSA” block for special event pricing when making reservations)

The historic Pierpont Inn in Ventura, now a member of the Wyndham Garden hotel chain, has agreed to be the host hotel for the 2015 CMSA Conference and is offering a special CMSA rate of $99/night for Conference attendees. 

The Saturday evening awards banquet will be held at the hotel, which has been a noted Ventura lodging location for decades.

In order to book your room for the 2015 CMSA Conference, please call the hotel directly at
805.643.6144 and ask for reservations. Please be sure to let reservations know you are part of the "CMSA room block."

Again, the Conference will be held over President's Weekend, so hotel rooms will fill up. 

CMSA Annual Conferences

2015 San Buenaventura
2014 San Antonio de Padua
2013 El Presidio de Santa Bárbara and
Old Mission Santa Barbara
2012 San Rafael Arcángel
2011 San Miguel Arcángel
2010 San Luis Rey de Francia
2009 Tucson, Arizona
2008 San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel
2007 San Francisco de Asís
2006 San Diego de Alcalá
2005 San Fernando Rey de España
2004 San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
2003 Santa Cruz 
2002 La Paz, Baja California Sur
2001 Royal Presidio Chapel, Monterey
2000 San Gabriel Arcángel
1999 Santa Inés Virgen y Mártir
1998 San Juan Capistrano
1997 Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó
(Baja California Sur)           
1996 San Francisco de Asís
1995 San Francisco Solano
1994 San Diego de Alcalá
1993 San Antonio de Padua and San Miguel Arcángel
1992 San Luis Rey de Francia
1991 La Purísima Concepción
1990 The Presidio of Santa Barbara and
Mission Santa Barbara
1989 San Juan Bautista
1988 San Fernando Rey de España
1987 Santa Clara de Asís
1986 San Buenaventura
1985 San José
1984 San Juan Capistrano       


Schedule of Events and Locations


12 noon Optional Lunch: Mission San Buenaventura

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Walking tour of Mission San Buenaventura and surrounding historical sites

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Joint Meeting CMSA Membership and CMF Board: Q and A for CMSA members regarding possible merger of the two organizations

5:00 p.m. Hotel Check-in

6:00 p.m. Registration, Hosted Reception, and CMSA Annual Membership Meeting
Location: lower Parish Auditorium (located to the left of the mission church).

CMSA Members will vote on resolution regarding merger between CMSA and CMF.

Keynote Address and Program in the Mission Church


8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Coffee and Vendors Open: Mission San Buenaventura Lower Parish Auditorium

9:00 a.m. - 12 noon Paper Morning Sessions: Mission San Buenaventura Parish Auditorium

10:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. Break - Vendors Available

12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch at the Mission

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Paper Afternoon Sessions

BANQUET follows at the Wyndham Pierpont Inn:

Reception 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm to enjoy the views - with entertainment
Dinner at 6:00 pm
Awards at 7:00 pm

$45 pp incl. tax and tip, and complimentary wine


10:00 a.m. Optional Morning Tour

Olivos Adobe
Contact: Gina Reyes (Tel: 805.658.4727/805.644.4346)