INSTITUTE FOR TRADITIONAL STUDIES ~ PAST PROJECTS
Villa de Branciforte Preservation Society and their good works; Seeking recognition and preservation of the unique character and history of the Villa
de Branciforte area.
Founded in 1797, Villa de Branciforte is a unique occurrence in Spanish Colonial history.
Unlike the Spanish missions, the Villa was secular, and unlike the other two original secular settlements,
the pueblos of Los Angeles and San Jose, Branciforte was a "villa," the only villa to be created during the
Spanish Colonial era in California. The Society in partnership with CalTrans and the State of California has set up
Villa de Branciforte Historical Landmark signs on the freeway. They are working on funding to set up more signs locally,
make a brochure and map of the specific sites in the area and secure a privately owned lot full of artifacts that is for sale. Check out a 2014 article, "Discoveries: Santa Cruz's 'East Side' lobbies for respect. "
Preston Historical Research and Restoration Fund:
The Preston Historical Research and Restoration Fund has been created to preserve the
memory of the town of Preston (1875-1941) and its people, with articles and photos of Madame Preston and her clients/residents/community. The "Free Pilgrims" church, the jewel of Preston is owned by a private party who halted the process of restoration in 2015. The Preston Historical Research and Restoration Fund, was founded to pay for the preservation of this 19th century historical landmark. Thank you to all who donated to this preservation effort.
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