California Mission Studies Association

February 14-16, 2014

Mission San Antonio de Padua, Paso Robles and Hearst Castle

“Ranchos y Vaqueros: Missions and Mission Land After Secularization”

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12 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The address for Hearst Castle is:
750 Hearst Castle Rd. 
San Simeon, CA 93452

Directions: Visitors should take Highway 1 to the Hearst Castle Visitor Center/Hearst Castle Rd. and follow signs to visitor parking. Parking is ample and free. Once in the visitor center, participants should walk past the ticketing and gift shop areas and through the atrium to the visitor center museum exhibit area, for lunch and to gather for the special tour. The bus for the special tour will depart at 1:00 p.m. sharp. Once the tour departs, there will be no way for late arrivals to catch up with the group. Questions about the tour can be directed to Ty Smith: 805.458.5486


5:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.


CMSA will hold its annual Registration and Hosted Reception (light appetizers) at the Park Ballroom, which is located in the old Odd Fellows building at 1232 Park Street in Paso Robles, CA 93446. It is ½ block from the Conference host hotel, Paso Robles Inn, and located adjacent from the historic downtown Paso Robles Plaza


8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



To arrive at Mission San Antonio de Padua:

From the South take 101 to the Jolon exit. Go under the freeway and stay on Jolon Road for approximately 20 miles. Turn left at Mission Road/Ft. Hunter Liggett. Mission Road will take you to the mission - about 6 miles.

From the North, take 101 to the Mission San Antonio/Jolon Road exit just before King City. Stay on Jolon Road. Turn right onto Mission Road/Ft. Hunter Liggett. Mission Road will take you to the Mission - about 6 miles.



5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. No Host Reception
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Awards Banquet

Paso Robles Inn Historic Ballroom

Paso Robles Inn
1103 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
(800) 678-8946

From Mission San Antonio de Padua: Head south on Mission Road/Mission Creek Road toward Infantry Road. Turn left to stay n Mission Road. Turn right onto County Road G14/Jolon Road. Slight right to merge onto US-101 South. Take the Spring Street exit. Slight right toward Spring Street. Continue straight onto Spring Street. Hotel is located on Spring Street.



11 a.m. Mission Soledad – Meet at the entrance to the Gift Shop

Directions: Highway 101 north from Paso Robles or King City. Exit Arroyo Seco Road and take a slight right on Arroyo Seco Road. Turn right on Fort Romie Road. Mission is located on your left wit plenty of parking.

11 a.m. Asistencia Santa Margarita – Meet at the Asistencia.

Take Highway 101 South to the Santa Margarita Exit. Head East into the town of Santa Margarita. Just over a mile from Highway 101, turn left onto a small street – Yerba Buena (across from Switzer's Diesel). That will take you onto the ranch, keep driving until you come to the Ranch house, garden and ranch shops. Our address is 9000 Yerba Buena in Santa Margarita.

2014 Conference Call for Papers

Mission San Antonio de Padua has been selected as the site for the 2014 CMSA Conference to be held February 14-16, 2014. The annual gathering of experts and followers in the fields of Mission Studies will have a "Rancho" theme fitting well with CMSA founding objectives.

After secularization, government officials divided mission lands and distributed them to prominent citizens as Ranchos. The land was mapped using diseños (drawings/designs). Thus, the title for our 2014 CMSA Conference: "Ranchos y Vaqueros: Missions and Mission Land After Secularization"

For the first time, the Friday session of the Conference will center on a tour of Hearst Castle, which sits on an original Mexican land grant and is surrounded by the Hearst Ranch, which continues today as a working rancho much as it did during mission times.

"Founded in 1984, California Mission Studies Association (CMSA) is a non-profit organization formed to further advance the studies and research of our missions, presidios, ranchos, villas and pueblos."

If you would like to submit a presentation for consideration, please send:

1) An abstract of 100 to 200 words. Each single presentation will be 20 minutes including questions.
2) Names of all presenters, affiliation(s), contact information (including e-mail)
3) Audio-visual requirements

Due by email, or postmarked by December 31, 2013 to:


CMSA Program Coordinators
P.O. Box 24132
Santa Barbara, CA 93121

*In the event that there are more presentations proposed than time slots available, consideration will be given to those presentations that focus on the conference theme "Ranchos y Vaqueros: Missions and Mission Land After Secularization" and the host mission, San Antonio de Padua.

2014 Conference Market Event

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On Saturday, February 15, 2014 the CMSA Conference will convene at Mission San Antonio de Padua. This event will include the Market Place.

The Market Place will be held on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

We will provide a table with tablecloth; plus two chairs to each participant.

And there will be lots of free parking.

The Conference will provide an opportunity for booksellers, photographers, craftspersons and anyone else with Mission era material to exhibit or sell.

If you are interested, please fill out the following registration form or contact me, Carol Kenyon, at or 805-729-0490.

I will be happy to try to answer any of your questions. We hope you will consider being a part of this years exciting conference.

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference.

Carol Kenyon, Vendor Chair


Long-time CMSA member, archaeologist and professor Dr. Rubén Mendoza has been selected to give the 2014 Keynote at the Annual CMSA Conference. An expert on many aspects of mission and California history, Dr. Mendoza will address the conference theme of "Ranchos y Vaqueros: Missions and Mission Land After Secularization." His presentation will address the transformation of the missions and mission lands through the course of the 19th century.

"I look forward to the Conference and to the opportunity to speak to post-Secularization transformation of the California missions," sad Dr. Mendoza, a professor at Cal State University, Montrerey Bay.

Said CMSA President David A. Bolton: "We are honored to have Dr. Mendoza as part of our opening day activities. His talks have been annual highlights to our previous Conferences, and we are pleased to be able to showcase his research as part of Friday's Keynote address."

The keynote address will again be a part of the CMSA Conference's Friday night reception in historic Paso Robles.

2014 CMSA CONFERENCE BASE: Paso Robles Inn

  • Historic rancho El Paso de Robles will serve as the base for the 2014 CMSA Conference with an optional Friday afternoon tour of Hearst Castle and Saturday papers at Mission San Antonio de Padua.

  • Lodging available at a discount at historic Paso Robles Inn

  • Additional lodging options at Mission San Antonio Retreat Center, the Mission Hacienda or other Paso Robles hotels. Please contact those locations directly.

  • Complimentary Friday afternoon CMSA tour of Hearst Castle, part of an original Mexican land grant and continuing today, thanks to the Hearsts, as an active cattle ranch as it has since mission times

  • Friday evening Reception in historic rancho El Paso de Robles

  • Saturday papers all day and lunch at Mission San Antonio de Padua

  • Saturday evening Awards Banquet at the historic Paso Robles Inn

  • Sunday optional tours/mass at Mission Soledad (for those going home to the north) and Santa Margarita Asistencia (for those going home to the south)


Following the recommendation of several CMSA members who live in the area, the Paso Robles Inn has been selected as a quality host hotel and site for our Saturday night awards banquet.

The hotel is located adjacent to the historic plaza in downtown Paso Robles.


Amenities on site include a full service restaurant, and also several wine tasting rooms are located within 2 blocks of the hotel. The hotel is holding a large block of rooms for 2014 CMSA Conference attendees at a special discount rate. Please contact the hotel directly for your room reservation and mention CMSA Block to receive your room discounts.

Paso Robles Inn
1103 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446
Toll-Free: 800-676-1713 Local: 805-238-2660 Fax: 805-238-4707


El Paso de Robles, or "Pass of the Oaks," was originally part of a 25,000-acre Mexican land grant that was purchased by James and Daniel Blackburn in 1857. The land was a rest stop for travelers of the Camino Real trail, and was known for its mineral hot springs.

In fact, Franciscan priests from neighboring Mission San Miguel constructed the first mineral baths in the area. At this point in Paso Robles history pioneer settlers began to be attracted to the area and would become the founding members of the community.

They would later establish cattle ranches, apple and almond orchards, dairy farms, and vineyards. In 1864 the first El Paso de Robles Hotel was constructed and featured a hot mineral springs bathhouse.

After ownership changes and natural disasters including an early 20
th century fire and the massive 2003 earthquake, today’s Paso Robles Inn is a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America. The hotel has a rich and colorful place in Paso Robles history spanning more than 150 years.





On site, the Paso Robles Inn boasts 98 rooms total, including a few rooms that have an outdoor patio spa and other rooms listed as suites. There are 68 traditional garden view rooms, all with a king, queen or two double beds.


The CMSA Conference 2014 Committee has negotiated these discounted rates for attendees:

$101 for Thursday night and $135 with discount for Friday/Saturday nights

To book rooms, conference attendees should call the 800 number to book their own rooms and pay with their own credit card. The discounted room rates would have to be booked 30 days before the Conference, or the room block and discount would no longer apply.

OTHER ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: There are several lower price hotel options in the surrounding Paso Robles area. CMSA attendees have the ability to book their room at their location of choice. La Quinta Inn, which we used three years ago for the San Miguel conference, would be a slightly lower price alternative, though the room rates at the Paso Robles Inn are quite good for the quality of the location. Also at Mission San Antonio, there are two lodging options for those wishing to stay at the actual mission: the rustic Retreat Center at the Mission and the adjacent Hacienda, designed by Julia Morgan for W.R. Hearst. Room rates at the Hacienda range from $50.00 (Cowboy Rooms) to $75.00 (Garden Rooms) to $95.00 for suites. For Hacienda reservations, Conference attendees merely call 1-831-386-2262.

HEARST CASTLE – Friday, February 14, 2014



Thanks to the generosity of the California State Parks, attendees of the 2014 CMSA Conference will be able to enjoy a special, privately-guided tour of Hearst Castle on Friday, February 14 from 1-4 p.m. Following an optional no-host lunch at the Castle, the tour will not only focus on the Castle’s rich history but also on that of the adjacent Hearst Ranch which continues today as a working cattle ranch, as it has done since mission times.

Hearst Castle’s storied history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland that had been part of a Mexican land grant that once corresponded to the nearby Mission San Antonio de Padua.

Hearst Castle’s storied history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland that had been part of a Mexican land grant that once corresponded to the nearby Mission San Antonio de Padua.

In 1919, William Randolph Hearst inherited what had grown to more than 250,000 acres, and was dreaming of ways to transform it into a retreat he called La Cuesta Encantada - Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.”

By 1947, Hearst and architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways - all built to house Hearst’s specifications and to showcase his legendary art collection

The surrounding hills and valleys remain as they did in Mission times.

Our Friday CMSA activities will begin at noon with an optional box lunch ($15) at one of the many patios of the Castle overlooking the great open space and ranchland that surrounds. From 1-4 p.m. the tour will be led by CMSA Board member Ty Smith, a state park official at the Castle, and will include a discussion on Ranchos as the surrounding Hearst property was in Mission times, and continues to be, a working cattle ranch.

All participants in the Hearst Castle tour must be pre-registered, and also registered attendees of the 2014 CMSA Conference.

We hope that you can join us.

Hearst Castle is located 4 hours from both San Francisco and Los Angeles, and one hour from our proposed host hotel in Paso Robles.




History of Mission San Antonio de Padua , Site of the 2014
CMSA Conference

1771 Padre Junípero Serra entered the Valley of the Oaks to establish the third mission in California. The date was July 14, 1771. In the secluded sierra district, Padres Junípero Serra, Miguel Pieras and Buenaventura Sitjar hung the bells on the branches of an oak tree and named this mission San Antonio de Padua. Fr. Pieras and Sitjar were left with a small group to start the Mission. They start by building small dwellings and plant the first fields.

1773 The site of the Mission was moved from the original location to a place farther up Los Robles Valley because of the unstable water source. At the end of 1773 the Mission has established workshops, a small church and dwellings established at the new site. The construction was of adobe brick. Some houses of tulles and wood were set up to accommodate the soldiers and converts who now numbered about 163. It was also the year of the first marriage celebrated in Alta California between Juan Maria Ruiz and Margaretta de Cortona.

1775 Small adobe buildings were constructed for the church, store rooms and the padre's rooms.

1779 2nd church structure was built along with a small sacristy.

1781 Three more small rooms were built along with the roofing using tiles. Serra writes; "thus far San Antonio triumphs, especially with its roofing of tiles."

1804 Padres Pedro Cabot and Juan Bautista Sancho arrived at San Antonio. Fr. Sancho was known for having a strong and agreeable voice and taught both Gregorian chant and figured music. The reports for the year noted that a cemetery was laid out, 153 x 125 ft., surrounded by a high thick wall of stone, topped with adobe.

1810 The 3rd and final church structure was started. Known as the Great Church, the structure ceiling consisted of large timbers that were floated down the mountains on the water of the San Antonio River. It measured 200 feet long and 40 feet wide, with adobe walls approximately 6 feet thick. It is finally blessed in the year 1813. It is the same church building, which stands reconstructed today. A horse-powered mill was constructed for grinding wheat.


CMSA will hold its Annual Saturday Night Awards Banquet in the ballroom at historic Paso Robles Inn with a capacity of 250. It is an elegant room.

The ballroom has been restored to its turn-of-the-century grandeur and provides the perfect setting for an elegant affair. This luxurious room features restored original hardwood floors, wainscoting, and high, beamed ceilings. The hotel’s adjacent grand lobby and bar provide room for guests to spread out and explore some of the Inn's historic treasures.


Banquet cost is $50/pp all-inclusive for a Santa Maria-style barbeque buffet meal with tri tip and chicken, plus sides.

CMSA Annual Conferences

2014 San Antonio de Padua
2013 El Presidio de Santa Bárbara and
Old Mission Santa Bárbara
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