If you would like to learn more about the history of the missions, their landscapes, and the sites' role how the past is represented, check the following sources.
Readings by Elizabeth Kryder-Reid
(2016) California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press) https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/california-mission-landscapes
(2015) "Crafting the Past: Mission Models and the Curation of California Heritage" Heritage & Society 8 (1): 60-83.
(2015) “Greenwashed: Identity and Landscape at the California Missions.” In Landscape and Identity: Archaeology and Human Geography (British Archaeological Reports International Series 2709), edited by Kurt D. Springs, pp. 83-102. Oxford, ArchaeoPress.
(2014) “Marking Time in San Gabriel Mission Garden” Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes: An International Quarterly 34 (1): 15-27.
(2010) “Perennially New: Santa Barbara and the Origins of the California Mission Garden.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 69(3): 378-405.
(2007) "Sites of Power and the Power of Sight: Vision in the California Mission Landscapes." In Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision. Edited by Dianne Harris and D. Fairchild Ruggles, 181–212. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.
Other Suggested Readings
Anderson, M. Kat. Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.
Dartt-Newton, Deana. "California's Sites of Conscience: An Analysis of the State's Historic Mission Museums." Museum Anthropology 34, no.2 (2011): 97-108.
DeLyser, Dydia. Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern California. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
Gamble, Lynn H. The Chumash World at European Contact: Power, Trade, and Feasting Among Complex Hunter-Gatherer. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.
Haas, Lisbeth, Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014
Hackel, Steven W. Children of the Coyote, Missionaries of Saint Francis: Indian-Spanish Relations in Colonial California, 1769-1850. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
Kropp, Phobe. S. California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.
Lightfoot, Kent G. "A Cubist Perspective of Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions." In Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions: New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ethnohistory. Edited by Lee M. Panich and Tsim D. Schneider, 191-208. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2014.
Miranda, Deborah A. “Post-Colonial Thought Experiment," In Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, 186-191. Berkeley: Heydey, 2013.
Newell, Quincy D. Constructing Lives at Mission San Francisco: Native Californians and Hispanic Colonists, 1776-1821. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2009.
Panich, Lee M. "Archaeologies of Persistence: Reconsidering the Legacies of Colonialism in Native North America." American Antiquity 78 (2013): 105-122.
Sandos, James A. Converting California: Indians and Franciscans in the Missions. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
Schneider, Tsim D. and Lee M. Panich. "Native Agency at the Margins of Empire: Indigenous Landscapes, Spanish Missions, and Contested History." In Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions: New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ethnohistory. Edited by Lee M. Panich and Tsim D. Schneider, 5-22. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2014.
Thomas, David Hurst. "Harvesting Ramona's Garden: Life in California's Mythical Mission Past. In Columbian Consequences, vol. 3, the Spanish Borderlands in Pan-American Perspective. Edited by David Hurst Thomas, 119–157. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.