Preserving the Past for Future Generations

National Historic Landmark, 11 historic structures, and 5 museums throughout 22 acres

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The Evolution of Carmel Mission

 A “Before and After” photography exhibit

The Evolution of Carmel Mission is a photography project that will capture current aerial images of the Carmel Mission and surrounding region using drone technology to match the views and vantage points of historical aerial images and sketches from 1774 to the 1960’s. A “Before and After” concept, these aerial images will show the transformation of not only the 22-acre property of the Carmel Mission, but also the sounding areas from Mission Fields to Pebble Beach, and Carmel Hill to Point Lobos. We will create this imagery in both print and digital format for display. These images will provide a much-needed cultural arts tool that will be shared with the public at community events, museum events, social events, speaking engagements, and through social media and the foundation’s website. This photo exhibition will be marketed locally via direct email, social media, and the Chamber of Commerce. Through this imagery, we hope to develop excitement, promote awareness, inspire our community and educate the public on the living history of this National Historic Landmark, and the need to preserve the Carmel Mission for future generations.

Thanks to the great archives of the Diocese of Monterey, Pat Hathaway Collection, and Harrison Memorial Library, we have fantastic historic images of the Mission and Carmel area dating back to the late 1870’s. With grants from the City of Carmel and the Arts Council for Monterey County, the Foundation will send a drone up to take images from these same vantage points to showcase at events and an exhibit later this year.

If you have or are aware of any incredible images in personal collections or archives that you’d like to share for use in this project, please contact our office at (831) 624-3261 or email


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