FHSAM is a 501C3 Nonprofit Organization
The Friends of Historic San Antonio Mission (FHSAM) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to fostering the preservation, maintenance, and interpretation of Mission San Antonio de Padua, built and inhabited by the Salinan Tribe. In addition, the FHSAM is also interested in preserving and providing interpretation for other adjacent historic cultural sites and their environment in Jolon, CA., as well as Mission San Miguel, which was also built and inhabited by the Salinan people.
The Board of Directors of FHSAM meets quarterly at Mission San Antonio. At these meetings we discuss issues related to the preservation, conservation and historical significance of the Mission. Our Board also provides advice to the Mission on matters related to historical interpretation, public outreach and education, artifact conservatorship, and museum displays.
In 2018 the FHSAM built and donated a full size replica of a horno oven to Mission San Antonio. In 2020 the FHSAM is building an authentic full size replica of a carretta (ox cart) to be donated as an exhibit on the Mission grounds.
When needed the FHSAM also provides monetary contributions to specific educational and artifact conservation projects at Mission San Antonio. For example, the FHSAM in 2019 we made a donation of badly needed funds to Mission San Antonio for the purpose of properly storing its archaeological artifacts. Also in 2019 we provided financial support for a guest lecture by Edie Littlefield Sundby, author of The Mission Walker. Her lecture was presented at the Mission San Antonio Fiesta and was well attended. Ms. Littlefield Sundby presented a lecture on her walks to all missions in California and Baja California, following the trail of Junipero Serra and the other missionaries. Her presentation provided an excellent explanation of the historical connections between all the missions in Alta and Baja California, including Mission San Antonio de Padua.
Dominic Gregorio, President
Dominic Gregorio is a retired environmental scientist and educator. In 2013 he retired from the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Quality in Sacramento, where he was a senior environmental scientist and statewide manager for watershed, ocean, wetland and CEQA programs. Prior to working for the State of California, Dominic was a college instructor and marine science researcher. Dominic holds an MS in Environmental Biology, a BA in Geography and Earth and Marine Science, and an AA in History. Dominic is a docent at Mission San Antonio and in 2015 he authored a book entitled Mission San Antonio and the Valley of the Oaks. Dominic still works part-time as a biology professor at Hartnell College. << Bio coming soon! >>
As an archaeologist specializing in the Late Holocene and Spanish Colonial eras in Central California, Linda Hylkema has been worked for the past 30 years as an archaeologist for various agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Cal-Fire (CDF), California State Parks and numerous Cultural Resources Management (CRM) firms. She has published articles in the Society of California Archaeology Annual Proceedings, American Indian Rock Art, Santa Clara County Connections, Historical Archaeology, California Department of Forestry Archaeological Reports, co-authored Uncovering and Interpreting History and Archaeology at Mission Santa Clara. She is Santa Clara University's Archaeologist and Cultural Resources Program Director. During her twenty-two year tenure at SCU, Linda’s main priority has been overseeing the mitigation of archaeological resources on the university campus resulting from construction projects. She received BA's in both Psychology and Anthropology from San Jose State University, and her MA from California State University, Hayward in 2005. She also serves as a founding board member of the California Rock Art Foundation.
Friends of Historic San Antonio Mission
Dominic Gregorio, President
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