TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Wondering when would be a good time to tour Mission San Xavier del Bac, how about Nov. 4?
Nov. 4 is Watch Day, and visitors can take a 45 minute tour, led by Patronato docents. These tours will include a look at the newly renovated Chapter Room, as well as visual displays and discussions on the current renovation and preservation work happening at the mission.
Public tours on that day are 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.
According to historians the Chapter Room may have functioned as a meeting/formal dining room for the friars. The room is now part of San Xavier's museum complex and had been closed off for the last two years so repairs could be made to the south walls, which are also part of the East Tower foundation.
Now that the foundation is secured and the walls replastered with a lime wash (with the exception of the 'truth window' where a small section of the wall remains unplastered to show the complex patterning of the adobe bricks.)
This new area will be reopened to the public beginning on Watch Day, Nov. 4.
"Later in the day, we will also unveil a plaque honoring the service and dedication of The Patronato's Founder's Circle, which is a group of people who have provided exemplary commitment and service to restoration activities at the Mission," said Patronato Executive Director Miles Green, in a recent release.
Founder's Circle members include Dianne Bret-Harte, Natalie Davis, Lorraine Drachman, Ann Fallon, Bernard Fontana, Alex Garcia, James Gresham, Patricia Pettis, John P. Schaefer, and Clague Van Slyke II.
The World Monuments Fund recently named Mission San Xavier del Bac to their prestigious 2016 World Monuments Watch. The list consists of 50 cultural heritage sites in 36 countries and highlights historical sites at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political and economic change.
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