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March 15, 2001 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the first time in years, the bells at Mission San Juan Capistrano will ring rather than clunk. Just weeks before the annual Return of the Swallows festival, which begins Saturday, the bells that have hung since 1796 were replaced with replicas, made from molds of the originals. The historic bells were cracked--hence the nonmusical clunk--and will now go on permanent display at the mission.
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October 27, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget the swallows. Mission San Juan Capistrano will be raided by pirates today in a fierce battle re-creating an event from 183 years ago. Actors dressed as ragged buccaneers will storm the gates, while others portraying Spanish soldiers will repel them. The 7-year-old event is the brainchild of Gerald J. Miller, executive director of the mission and a lifelong history buff. "We've had lots of very interesting things happen at the mission," he said.
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November 12, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
The Planning Commission is expected to decide today whether to allow a bed and breakfast inn to move into a home in the historic Los Rios District. "A lot of people would like to have a bed and breakfast inn down here," said John Humphreys, owner of the Ramos House Cafe next door to the proposed inn. Humphreys said visitors come to the 220-year-old neighborhood looking for the Old Hotel California, which used to operate at the site of the proposed inn.
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March 15, 2001 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the first time in years, the bells at Mission San Juan Capistrano will ring rather than clunk. Just weeks before the annual Return of the Swallows festival, which begins Saturday, the bells that have hung since 1796 were replaced with replicas, made from molds of the originals. The historic bells were cracked--hence the nonmusical clunk--and will now go on permanent display at the mission.
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October 27, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget the swallows. Mission San Juan Capistrano will be raided by pirates today in a fierce battle re-creating an event from 183 years ago. Actors dressed as ragged buccaneers will storm the gates, while others portraying Spanish soldiers will repel them. The 7-year-old event is the brainchild of Gerald J. Miller, executive director of the mission and a lifelong history buff. "We've had lots of very interesting things happen at the mission," he said.
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September 19, 1995
San Juan Capistrano's history dates back before the United States was founded. In 1769, a contingent of Spanish soldiers on their way north from San Diego to Monterey Bay chose Capistrano Valley to settle. Native Americans in the area came to be called Juanenos for the "Juan" in San Juan Capistrano. Source: "Dos Cientos Anos En San Juan Capistrano," by Pamela Hallan-Gibson
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February 15, 1997
Just in time for Presidents Day, a special exhibit honoring Abraham Lincoln and his role in Mission San Juan Capistrano's history opens to the public at 10 a.m. today. Mission administrator Jerry Miller said most people know Lincoln emancipated the slaves, but few are aware that he also freed the mission. A month before his death in 1865, Lincoln signed documents deeding the mission to the church after it had been seized by the Mexican government and sold to private parties, Miller said.
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June 26, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The city is one step closer to having a motto. City staffers are now narrowing down 72 suggestions submitted to the Chamber of Commerce in the past four months. Interestingly, 60% of those ideas came from nonresidents, said Tom Facon, executive director of the chamber. Of the suggestions, "Follow the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano," "Our History Makes Us Unforgettable" and "Home of the Swallows" were chosen as the three favorites by a committee appointed by the chamber.
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October 25, 2001
Noon Festival Southern California has had only one pirate raid in its history--and Saturday at Mission San Juan Capistrano, history comes to life. At the climax of the annual Pirates Festival, actors in costume will reenact the Dec. 14, 1818, raid on the mission by Argentine pirate Hippolyte Bouchard and his band of privateers. Before the stunt show, this family event features food, music, entertainment and prizes for the visitors with the best pirate, Spaniard or Native American costumes.
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November 12, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
The Planning Commission is expected to decide today whether to allow a bed and breakfast inn to move into a home in the historic Los Rios District. "A lot of people would like to have a bed and breakfast inn down here," said John Humphreys, owner of the Ramos House Cafe next door to the proposed inn. Humphreys said visitors come to the 220-year-old neighborhood looking for the Old Hotel California, which used to operate at the site of the proposed inn.
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April 18, 1995 | JEFF BEAN
Whenever engineers, historians or reporters have questions about the city's rich past, they usually call Pamela Hallan-Gibson. The 51-year-old San Juan Capistrano native, a seventh-generation Californian and author of three books on the city, has for years been the unofficial historian. At the end of this month, though, Hallan-Gibson is moving to Sonoma to take a job there as city manager, and local residents are wondering how they'll manage without her.
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October 12, 1986 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
The bells of Mission San Juan Capistrano rang loudly Saturday to announce that for the first time in its 210-year-history, one of its own--a San Juan Capistrano native--was ordained there. The event, called a "very historic occasion" by the auxiliary bishop of Orange, was witnessed by descendants of the city's oldest families. What they saw was a series of firsts.
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