Sustaining Collaborative Approaches to the Public Interpretation of Indigenous History at Mission Santa Clara, California (Host Institution: Santa Clara University)


ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grants




Including the perspectives and voices of Native people is a crucial component of public engagement with California’s Spanish colonial mission sites. This project supports the implementation of community-developed plans, disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, to enhance the public interpretation of Indigenous Ohlone history at Mission Santa Clara on the present-day campus of Santa Clara University. University personnel and Ohlone partners will co-create public-facing interpretive materials, including a multimedia display, that honor the Native people who lived, worked, and died at Mission Santa Clara between 1777 and the 1840s. Funding supports archival research, community collaboration, student involvement, and display fabrication and installation. Local partners for this project include the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Ohlone Indian Tribe.