Milestone Accomplishments

Development: UNESCO World Heritage Site designation process


Mission Heritage Partners provided the lead writer, in-kind staff and volunteer hours and much more in support of the nomination of the San Antonio Missions as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Protection: Faux Bois Railings at the Grist Mill


This significant and necessary upgrade replaced rotted wooden posts and rails around and throughout the grist mill at Mission San José.

Protection: Land ownership transfer


In an effort to retain the serenity of Mission Concepción’s site, the Mission Heritage Partners helped facilitate a plan to ensure that the land between the Mission and the San Antonio River would

Development: Mission Entry Signs


Long before selfies were popular, visitors to the San Antonio Missions took plenty of pictures of themselves and their traveling companions at various sites throughout the Park.

Restoration: Horizontal Grist Mill

Over the years, the 18th century grist mill at Mission San José had fallen into disrepair. Rusted, non-functioning mechanisms reduced the mainstay of the community to a useless structure.

Preservation: Securing funding for the Visitor Center at Mission San José

In the early 1990s, several members of the board of directors and the executive director of Mission Heritage Partners made an in-person plea to several United States Congressmen
Current Projects

Artist-in-Residence Program

Art has been part of the history of national parks since the 1870's when Hudson River School painters captured majestic Western landscapes.

Community Outreach Intern

Working alongside members of the National Park Service Interpretation team, the Community Outreach Intern joins the mission of promoting the Park to San Antonio and the surrounding communitie

Masonry Apprentice Program

Funding for this important 8-week apprenticeship program, administered in conjunction with the American Youthworks Environmental Corps, helps young adults learn a valuable skill, and assists

Native Prairie Restoration

More than 90 percent of native prairie vegetation has been lost to development in the United States.

Professional landscaping contract for manicured beds

By underwriting this contract, Mission Heritage Partners ensures National Park Service employees are available to take on other grounds-keeping duties and projects.

Student bus trips to the Missions

Each year the Mission Heritage Partners provides funds that offset the cost of transportation for Title One and equivalent schools to take field trips to the San Antonio Missions

Various other permanent improvement projects

Volunteer-in-Park Program

The Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) Program supplies the San Antonio Missions with professional docents who provide important visitor services at the four Spanish Missions.

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Mission Heritage Partners' mission is to preserve, protect and promote the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Since 1984, we have raised more than $4 million to benefit the San Antonio park. Additional support garnered by Mission Heritage Partners through advocacy efforts total more than $70 million in value.

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