MSMC Weekend College 1-Unit Travel/Study 
History Class 
with Dr. Fred Simonelli
The California Missions
August 26-27, 2006
We will gather early on Saturday morning, August 26, (7:00 AM), at the Chalon Campus and leave for a full day excursion, visiting 2 missions in Southern California (Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission San Buenaventura). We will stop for lunch and return to the Chalon Campus about 6:00 PM. We will gather again the next morning, Sunday, August 27, at the Chalon Campus at 8:00 AM at depart for a full day excursion, visiting 2 additional missions in the Santa Barbara area (Mission Santa Barbara and Mission Santa Ines). We will stop for lunch and return to Chalon at about 5:30 PM. 
The travel fee is $61 per person for students, alums, and adult guests, and $50 for children 9-12. The cost of the bus and admission fees/donations to the missions we will visit are included in the fee you are being charged per person. All costs are covered except for lunch.
As soon as you register for the course, send a check for $61 per person (plus fees for any guests or children) to Dr. Fred Simonelli at 1011 St. Andrews Drive, Suite I, El Dorado Hills CA 95762. Make the check out to HISTORIC TRAVEL.
Your grade for this course will be based on a work packet that will be handed out on the first morning of the class. The work packet will contain a series of questions that you will answer throughout the weekend. You will find the answers to the questions in the readings in the hand-out materials and during the tours of the missions themselves. There will be plenty of time for discussion and lively interaction with the instructor and other students as we tour the beautiful and historic grounds of these missions and the museums that preserve their history.
There is no textbook for this course (you will be provided with hand-out readings and the cost of the hand-out packet of readings is covered by your fee). There is no pre-assignment, but if you want to do some reading in advance, for your own edification (not required), two good recent books that I'd recommend are: CONVERTING CALIFORNIA: INDIANS AND FRANCISCANS IN THE MISSIONS by James A. Sandos (Yale University Press, 2004) and INDIANS, MISSIONARIES, AND MERCHANTS: THE LEGACY OF COLONIAL ENCOUNTERS ON THE CALIFORNIA FRONTIERS by Kent G. Lightfoot (University of California Press, 2005). Father Junipero Serra is the founder of the California Missions and he is being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church. But the treatment of the Indians and the Missions and the conversion practices of the Friars is not without controversy. For an opposing view of Serra and his missionaries, see JUNIPERO SERRA, THE VATICAN, AND ENSLAVEMENT THEOLOGY by Daniel Fogel. These books are available new and used at, and at most libraries.
For questions, contact Dr. Fred Simonelli at or 916-933-3061