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Sketch California History at Mission Dolores

You can see and touch so much of our history here: the graves of the original Ohlone and Miwok inhabitants, the Spanish and Mexicans who enslaved and murdered them, the American soldiers and politicians who stole the land from the Mexicans and made their fortunes off the Gold Rush miners...even with all those angry ghosts it's still a serene and beautiful place. The garden is full of flowers and the thick adobe walls of the 250 year old chapel make it a place apart. (Plus if you're a film buff you can see where Hitchcock shot a scene forVertigo.)

Here's the blurb from the mission's website:

Mission Dolores is the oldest intact building in the City of San Francisco and the only intact Mission Chapel in the chain of 21 established under the direction of Father Serra. The beautiful gardens have been restored and planted with traditional native trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants from the 1791 period. The rose garden was a gift of the Golden Gate Rose Society and is tended by members of the Society every week. Our garden also contains an Ohlone Indian ethno-botanic garden and examples of Native American plants and artifacts.

The Mission asks for a donation of $5 ($3 students and seniors)

UPDATE: At 3:00 PM we'll get together to share sketches and chat at Thorough Bread & Pastry cafe on Church Street between 15th and Market.

HOW TO FIND US: Let's meet in the cemetery garden. Introduce yourself to anyone with a sketchbook. Text Laurie at (415)[masked] if you're lost.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The 16th Street BART station is 3 blocks east at Mission, the 22 Fillmore bus stops at the front door, the J Church stops one block west on Church Street and the Castro and Church MUNI stations are 4 blocks away.

BIKE: It's close to major bike routes (Valencia Street and 17th Street). Don't know the Bike parking situation, but this is the Mission, so there's gotta be something.

CAR: For directions and parking instructions go to


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  • Marion T.

    Great, lovely day.

    June 24, 2013

  • Janine

    Out sick today:(

    June 22, 2013

  • Mary H.

    Hi all,
    I love historic buildings and history and drawing and artists. What could be bad?

    June 16, 2013

    • Mary H.

      Hi Laurie, I am going to a graduation dinner tonight and and was going to skip the ceremony. It looks like now I am going to have to attend it. So sorry for the late notice. I would love to go to the next one if that is aright.

      June 22, 2013

  • Nancy

    Sorry to cancel again. I would LOVE to come, but don't have enough time today to go back and forth to SF. Sorry. It sounds like such a fun meetup.

    June 22, 2013

  • Jennifer L.

    This will be my first time coming to this. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    June 14, 2013

  • Marie

    I'll be there late

    June 20, 2013

  • JoAnn M.

    Looking forward to it. JoAnn

    May 28, 2013

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