California Mission San Jose - Paper Model Project Kit

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Welcome to Paper Models Online, where we offer the best solution for those last-minute school projects that need to be completed in no time!

Whether you're looking to score extra credit, want to spend quality time with your kids, or simply need to get some time away from them, our paper models are perfect for you!

Instant PDF Download OR Pre-Printed & Shipped

You can choose from our instant PDF download option, starting at just $9.95 for the 7"x10" size or $11.95 for the 10"x13" size, which can be printed on any standard home or office printer using regular paper. But if you prefer, we can also pre-print and ship the models to you with our high-quality color printers on thick card stock paper. 


Mailed United States Postal Service, First-Class Parcel, 1-3 day shipping same day shipping for a flat $5 fee, directly to your doorstep.

Once Your Have Your Kit

With only a pair of scissors, some glue, and about an hour of your time, you can transform these paper sheets into a true three-dimensional architectural replica or complete science project that will amaze your teacher and classmates. All of the images on our website are of actual models made from these kits, and we even include a history of your project to help you write that report!

No Mission Kits Allowed?

But that's not all - if you're feeling creative, these models can also be used as templates to create your own custom model. You can paint it, trace it, adjust the size, and use any materials you wish. The possibilities are endless, and only your imagination limits them!

The Buying Process

Typical Kit Sample

Each kit comes with 8 to 18 pages that, when cut and assembled, complete the model in the image. Each kit also includes an "exploded view" that shows how the pieces go together, and a history to help you or your child complete the project in a single evening.

Exploded View Sample Pieces Finished Model


And best of all, we offer free history for your report, so you can impress your teacher with your research skills as well as your creativity. So don't wait any longer - choose Paper Models Online for your next school project!

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Free History And Photographs For Your Report

Mission San Jose (Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church)

A brief history

The Mission San Jose is the 14th mission founded in California. It was founded on June 11, 1797 by Friar Fermin Lasuen. Named for Saint Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church.

In 1795, Father Lasuen received word that his please to the Viceroy to authorize the founding of more missions was being realized. He dispatched expeditions from various missions to find suitable sites. The group from San Antonio founded the first. They arrived near San Francisco and travel northeast from Santa Clara to where they could see Mission Dolores as well as the Yerba Buena Island. Father Antonio Danti set up a cross near the Alameda Creek and then returned to Santa Clara.

Two years passed before the Viceroy gave permission for the mission to be established. Father Lasuen raised and blessed a cross on that Trinity Sunday and dedicated the mission in honor of the foster father of Christ.

Construction of the shelters was begun and soon after they finished herds of cattle and flocks of sheep arrived from Santa Clara. For twenty years Fathers Buenaventura Fortuni and Narciso Duran worked together until Fortuni left for the mission at Sonoma. Father Duran became the Father-President of the mission chain and was a versatile man talented in music. He organized a thirty-piece band and created practice instruments until the real ones arrived from Mexico.

Throughout its existence, the mission also served as a military base for expeditions against the hostile natives. Later an expedition under Sergeant Francisco Soto, the first Spanish child born in San Francisco used the mission as a base to drive out a thousand hostile natives from the San Joaquin Valley. One of Father Duran’s helpers, a native named Estanislao defected to the warring tribes and lead attacks against the settlers. He was captured by General Mariano Vallejo.

A large church stood for many years to care for the local converts until 1868 when an earthquake brought it down. In the thirty-nine years the mission was operating it had 6.737 converts, second only to the San Luis Rey mission.

In 1869, a wood gothic-style church was established on the foundation of the old mission. Call St. Joseph, it served as a Catholic parish until 1965. In 1982, the gothic church, now called Old St. Joseph was removed and relocated to Burlingame. Then in 1985, an authentic reconstruction of the original mission was completed. Using early drawings and historical accounts, the restoration was completed using original tools and authentic materials. Portions are deliberately uneven as per the original. Close to the entrance is the gravestone of Robert Livermore for whom the Bay Area town was named, that was found during reconstruction.

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