Stories of California Missions 4+

Understand the mission era

Good Characters, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 1 Rating
    • $5.99



True stories of the missions give a vivid picture of California’s early history. Tales of Indian raids, pirate attacks, courageous deeds, forbidden romance, stolen treasures, and more breathe life into any visit to a mission and any study of the mission era.

Sixteen stories are arranged in an order to present the history from the founding of the first mission in 1769 through the Spanish period, the Mexican period, and secularization and decline. As you listen, you will have a sense of what it was like to live in those times. This is no romanticized or politicized version of mission life, but glimpses into the struggles and triumphs of very real people.


- Printed and audio versions of 16 stories that bring history to life.
- 70 minutes of listening entertainment and education
- Additional pages of fascinating facts about life in the missions and the mission era
- Updates of additional material
- Teacher’s guide for using stories for teaching history
- Descriptions and other info about each of the 21 missions
- No social. No ads.
- Offline: Enjoy the stories anytime, anywhere
- Kids and educational institutions friendly


> For Travel: As you travel, listen to entertaining stories that make seeing and touring the missions more exciting and meaningful.

> For Teaching: Teacher’s guide suggests ways to use the stories and other information to help students understand and feel the lives and adventures of the 19th-century priests, soldiers, natives, and their visitors. Makes history fun!

> General: Stories give a comprehensive—broad yet detailed—picture of a fascinating period of history. Enlightening as well as entertaining.


- The Missions
- Beginning a Mission (San Diego, 1769)
- Beloved Padre (Santa Clara, 1794-1830)
- A Marriage at the Mission (San Antonio de Padua, 1773)
- Mission Martyr (San Diego, 1775)
- The Indian Girl Who Saved a Mission (Santa Inés)
- From Russia with Love (Dolores, 1806)
- Good and Bad Pirates (Santa Inés, 1818)
- The Town that Destroyed a Mission (Santa Cruz, 1818)
- Chumash Revolt (Santa Inés, La Purísima, Santa Barbara, 1824)
- The Indian Who Outsmarted Three Armies (San Jose, 1829)
- The Battle Nobody Won (Santa Barbara, 1829)
- The Island Woman (Santa Barbara, 1835-1853)
- Farewell to San Luis Rey (1832)
- Murder at the Mission (San Miguel, 1848)
- The Last Mexican Governor (1846)

What’s New

Version 5.0

1. Enhanced listening controls with added forward and rewind buttons.
2. A new article featured in the 'Additions' section.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

SF Presidio ,

True Tales From California’s Mission History

Discover California Mission history through true tales. Thrill to Mission San Francisco de Asís’s (also called Mision Dolores) love story that is more romantic than the legend surrounding it.

In 1806 Chamberlain Nikola Rezanov, sails from St Petersburg, Russia to the windswept sands of Spanish California. Czar Alexander I has sent him to ease his grief at the loss of his wife, negotiate trade treaties, and inspect the Russian-American Company’s operations. Nikolai falls in love with Concepción Argüello, daughter of the commandant of the Presidio Of San Francisco.

Nikolai and Concepción have been betrothed by the Mission padres, but there is a problem. He is Russian Orthodox, she is Roman Catholic. Normally this would make marriage impossible. However, this diplomatic marriage would link Spain and Russia just as Napoleon and the French Army loom over Europe.

Will Concepción and Nikolai find happiness, or will tragedy intervene?
Buy the app and find out!

F-Ting ,

Good audio

It's very helpful.

Hamster Calhoon ,

Nice straight forward app; but has iPhone footprint only …

Nice straightforward presentation of information with handy buttons on the bottom to quickly take you to those sections. I like the audio story feature; interesting historical narratives, well written and read. However, if you leave the story and come back, it doesn't remember where you left off, so you have to start all over again when you return.

It's designed for the iPhone, so when it's on the iPad, you have the 2x option, but that makes it a little blurry. The app doesn't rotate with changing orientation of the iPad.

The information on each of the 21 missions consists of a thumbnail photo, the mission name, a brief 1-2 sentence description, founded date - sometimes with some other information, address, phone number, and website link (handy).

Value - with other information presentation apps you may get more for less money, but there has been some effort put into this app, especially with the writing and reading of the historical narratives.

If this app rotated with iPad orientation and remembered where you left off for each story, I would give it 4 stars.

Developer Response ,

It's now a universal iPhone and iPad app (version 4.0).

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