The Mission Inn Foundation & Museum houses photograph collections and archival materials from all periods of the Mission Inn’s history, in addition to a reference library focused on relevant topics. These resources are open to the public by appointment. If you are interested in doing research at the Mission Inn Foundation & Museum, please contact the Foundation at (951) 781-8241.
A wide range of specialty topics is covered by Mission Inn Foundation. Based on the many exhibits at the Mission Inn Foundation, subjects include a brief history of Frank Miller and the Miller family, the architectural influences of Frank Miller, a concise history and documentation of the St. Francis Chapel’s Rayas Altar, and the philosophy of the Arts & Crafts Movement, reflected in the Mission Revival architecture and historic furnishings of the Mission Inn.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM PUBLICATIONS
The Mission Inn Foundation also features publications that highlight its educational programming. The “Family Voices” project received funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and features the work of students, grades 3-12, as they investigate their family histories by selecting an “artifact” that represents their family stories. Publications are available for each of the 8 years of the award-winning Family Voices project. Another publication documents “The Generation Project.” Funded by The James Irvine Foundation and the CA Council for the Humanities, it is a photographic and oral history exploration of cultural identity and adaptation by students at La Sierra High School. These collections are available for viewing by appointment.
HISTORY PUBLICATIONS BY OUR VOLUNTEERS AND AREA HISTORIANS
The Mission Inn Foundation is honored to be affiliated with its cadre of over 150 docent and museum volunteers of many talents and abilities. Several of our volunteers have published historic materials related to the history of the Mission Inn and the region. Visit our Museum Store online or onsite to view the wide range of subjects and listings by authors Joan Hall, Maurice Hodgen, Tom Patterson, Glenn Wenzel, Steve Lech, and Walter Parks.