By Joseph J. Ellis
Via pix of 4 figures—Charles Willson Peale, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Dunlap, and Noah Webster—Joseph Ellis offers a distinct viewpoint at the position of tradition in post-Revolutionary the US, either its excessive expectancies and its frustrations.
Each lifestyles is interesting in its personal correct, and every is used to brightly remove darkness from the ancient context.
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Absent of its campanario, the mission remained abandoned until the late-19th-century Landmarks Club began preservation efforts, headed by Charles F. Lummis, its president. ) 30 Mission Indian baskets were used often at old Mission San Diego de Alcalá, as portrayed in a rare 1892 photograph at the front entry. The native denizens in this early photograph are Diegueños, a name describing the local Indians in the region of the old mission. ) Continuing excavations are made for archeology as in 1971 at the original settlement of the first Mission San Diego de Alcalá at the San Diego presidio site.
After the reconstruction and restoration, the mission housed a Franciscan college that ended after a few decades. Today, the mission offers retreats, and its grounds are a destination often visited by tourists, pilgrims, and the faithful of the area. 56 Fr. Joseph Jeremiah O’Keefe led reconstruction and restorations, photographed at the staircase and the private garden built by Fr. Antonio Peyri, the mission’s architect and builder. The mission’s preservation continued under Father O’Keefe through 1912, when permanent quarters were completed and the quadrangle was scaled to about one-fourth the original size.
The Franciscan Order has continued to lead the mission restoration into modern times. ) 41 Above the crested archway of the church facade stands a cement cross directly above the entry doors. The view from the mission rooftop looking west reveals the open landscape of the San Luis Rey River Valley and the mission property, which once covered a 15-mile radius to the sea’s edge. At the top of the campanile, the view shows the eastern church dome over a copper-sheathed octagonal cupola and lantern.
After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture by Joseph J. Ellis