112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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The Spirit of California Imprisoned: Summoning the Mission Inn I

Session Chair: 
David Arnold, "University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point"
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Ballroom B


  1. Nathan Gonzales, A.K. Smiley Public Library
    Building on the success of Helen Hunt Jackson’s romance Ramona, as well as the mission preservation work of the California Landmarks Club, Riverside hotelier and entrepreneur Frank A. Miller not only created his masterpiece Glenwood Mission Inn—he also successfully engineered the creation of the federal Indian school Sherman Institute.
  2. Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
    William Howard Taft stopped at the Mission Inn on October 12, 1909: a sojourn commemorated by the monumental chair constructed for his visit. Although the 27th President did not stay overnight, his stopover illuminates the imperial imaginary of the Mission Inn and the California Mission Revival as a whole.
  3. Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College
    The “Mission Revival” architecture of Riverside’s Mission Inn celebrates a hegemonic phantasmagoria of racialized history and Imperialist memory, erasing Native American voices and heritage. This paper argues that El Alisal, Charles Lummis’s 1898 home along Los Angeles’s Arroyo Seco, offers a multicultural alternative vision, reimagining the Southwest’s foundational Occidentalist discourse. 
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