Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Joins Bipartisan California Delegation to Protect Historic Missions


March 26, 2003



Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today joined a bipartisan majority of the California Congressional Delegation in re-introducing legislation to preserve 21 historic missions in California.

“California's missions are national treasures. I applaud the bipartisan leadership of Congressmen Sam Farr, Chair of the California Democratic Delegation, and David Dreier, Chair of the California Republican Delegation, in this effort to restore them,” Pelosi said.

The California missions are the most visited historic attractions in the state, drawing more than 5.5 million tourists a year. They account for a sizeable contribution to the state economy from millions of tourists, including a large number of international visitors.

In addition, California’s fourth-grade history curriculum includes study of the missions as a way to learn about Western history. “The missions play a key role in educating our school children about California’s history of diversity, and about the history of our great nation,” said Pelosi.

Mission San Francisco de Asis, commonly known as Mission Dolores, was founded in 1776 by Father Francisco Palou. Located in the heart of San Francisco, Mission Dolores has been witness to our country’s birth, the Gold Rush in 1849, and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Today it provides visitors with a window into the spirit of exploration and discovery in the American West.

The legislation would provide $10 million over five years to restore and repair Spanish colonial missions in the state of California, and would preserve works of art and artifacts in these missions. The funds would help provide much needed repairs and improvements to Mission San Francisco de Asis, such as:


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