On A Mission

San Antonio Missions Historical National Park

The legacy and history of San Antonio and this region began with a simple ceremony whenin 1718 Franciscans and Spanish representatives established the first mission. Within 13 years, five were located along the San Antonio River. The missions’ purpose? To acculturate and Christianize the native population and make them Spanish citizens. Today, visitors can retrace the footsteps of the mission Indians and friars. And, possibly, meet descendants of those first inhabitants.

For more images of our photo shoot at the San Antonio Missions Historical National Park, click here to view the "On A Mission" virtual exhibit.

Click the resources below for more information and how you can support the restoration and preservation of this and other Historical National Parks.

National Park Service website
more on the San Antonio Missions
Los Compadres
Los Compadres provides volunteer support and financial aid for preservation, restoration and development projects at the San Antonio Missions National Historical park. It's the official friends group of the Park.