Pelosi Statement on Passage of the
California Missions Preservation Act
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today announced that
the House of Representatives passed the California Missions
Preservation Act, which would authorize $10 million in matching
grants for the preservation of California’s 21 historic missions.
missions shaped the future of our state and are an integral part of
its history," Pelosi said.
“The missions are the most frequently visited historical
attractions in the state. This
legislation ensures that we can preserve the historic missions for
generations by matching federal funds with $50 million in private
bill was introduced in the House by Congressman Sam Farr and in the
Senate by Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
The legislation is headed to the President’s desk to be
signed into law.
commend Congressman Farr and Senators Boxer and Feinstein for their
leadership on this issue, as well as our Congressional colleagues
for supporting California’s missions," Pelosi said.
between 1769 and 1798, the California missions were the first
European settlements in our region and formed a chain along the
coast from San Diego to Sonoma. Each mission became a bustling
settlement inhabited by Europeans and Native Americans.
Mission San Francisco de Asis, also known as Mission Dolores,
was founded on June 29, 1776 and is the oldest building in San
Dolores is suffering the ravages of time and heavy usage.
The funds this legislation would help to repair and restore
the mission, enlarge and upgrade the mission museum, and construct a
memorial honoring the Native Americans.
Some of the other missions are at even greater risk, needing
seismic retrofits to ensure that they survive the next earthquake.