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The full story of Mission San Luis Rey is now complete with publication of the new book, The Real World of Mission San Luis Rey, published by the Old Mission San Luis Rey Historic Foundation.  Author, educator and historian Jim Downs of Oceanside spent the last five years researching and writing the book in order to counter extremist points of view about the Mission and the Franciscans as well as the native Americans of the San Luis Rey River Valley.  Downs, who admits he knew little about the Mission before writing the book researched archives and met with archaeologists, authors and Native Americans to educate himself. His book includes the real story of the Mission and Mission Indians from the period of the Spanish arrival and the Mexican and California periods as well.

A book about the Mission would not be credible without the story of how Friar Junipero Serra founded the mission system.  The first six chapters focus on this aspect and how it impacted the Native Americans and their culture.  As the canonization of Father Serra nears this story about our own Mission San Luis Rey becomes even more relevant to us.

Proceeds from sales of the book will go to support the work of The Foundation; the maintenance and preservation of the old Mission and education of the public about our Mission San Luis Rey.