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Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2022

Carmel Mission Foundation


The Carmel Mission Foundation was established to restore and preserve the historic buildings, grounds, and artifacts throughout the Carmel Mission, founded in 1771. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 Corporation independent from any religious organizations. The Carmel Mission is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, a California State Landmark, and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Since 2008, the Carmel Mission Foundation has completed $14 million in restoration and preservation work at Carmel Mission.

The Big Idea

The “Evolution of Carmel Mission: History Through Imagery” project captures current images of Carmel Mission and surrounding region matching vantage points with historical images from 1861 - 1960's, a now vs. then concept. This exhibit presents a 'living history' of our National Historic Landmark as the 22-acre property endured through changes in time and landscape. This exhibit will intrigue and educate our local community showing the transformation of Carmel Mission and surrounding area, from Mission Fields to Pebble Beach, Carmel Hill to Point Lobos. We will share this exhibit at county schools, local venues, special events, speaking engagements, and virtually via social media. This program will develop excitement, promote awareness, inspire the community, and educate the public on the historical significance of Carmel Mission in American history, showcasing a legacy of community involvement in restoring this historic property to further support preservation of this National Historic Landmark for future generations.

"Wow, look at that picture. That church sure has been through a lot!"

- Jacob M., age 9