Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded in September 1772.
This is the fifth of 21 California missions.
The mission system was created by the Spaniards to mark and expand their territory. An effort to prevent foreign navigators from settling in California.
The missions are underpinned by a complicated past that has brought disease, which has impacted local indigenous communities.
There are historical records that highlight the mistreatment that Spanish soldiers inflicted on Native Americans.
“Women, children and men were forced to work, women were sold into arranged marriages and into soldier prostitution, many people don’t realize how many of our loved ones are buried there,” he said. Violet Sage Walker, Northern Chumash Tribal. President of the Council.
At the Mission of San Luis Obispo, the influence of the native Chumash is undeniable. The adobe bricks that built the original mission structure as well as the ceiling art of the main church.
Throughout history there have been wars, fires and earthquakes, but the church has remained in the center of the city.
The San Luis Obispo Mission will host a birthday celebration event on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the mission courtyard.
“It will give you a better understanding of where you live because you will have a richer understanding of its history and what happened here a few hundred years ago,” said Connie Pillsbury, who is a docent at the San Luis Obispo Mission. .
There will be an “Early California Life” exhibit for the community to learn about the history of the mission.
“A functional blacksmith’s shop where you can watch a blacksmith turn straight metal into a curve, a mountain men’s camp […] an agricultural camp, and then lots of people doing olive oil tasting demonstrations, tours of the bell tower,” Pillsbury explained.
Community members can attend the event for free where there will also be live music and activities for all ages.