Mission San Luis Rey


A Pocket History
by Harry Kelsey

This book engages readers with a quick and complete overview of the “king” of the California missions. The narrative encompasses 200 years of mission history, and features a complete tour guide of the mission buildings and grounds—plus over two dozen historic photos, maps and illustrations, bringing the story to life. Written in an accessible style well suited to young readers as well as adults, this short book will appeal to anyone interested in early California history.

50 pages, 6 x 9 inches, paperback
2014 Edition – Expanded and Revised

SKU: ISBN-13: 978-0-9785881-8-2 Category:


  • 200 Years of Mission History
  • Historical Photos, Maps & Drawings
  • Complete Tour Guide

“Since 1769 the work of the Franciscan friars has drawn people to the California missions, some for conversion, some for food and shelter, some for rest, and more than a few out of idle curiosity. I have come to Mission San Luis Rey at one time or another for all of these reasons, and each time have gone away refreshed. Most recently San Luis Rey has been the source of archival materials for a full-length history of the mission, from which this small book is condensed.”

About the Author

Harry Kelsey is a historian and research scholar at the Huntington Library. He is the author of many books including Sir Francis Drake, Sir John Hawkins, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Discovering Cabrillo.


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