Instructor Sheila Benedict honored by California Missions Foundation

Sheila Benedict accepts a 2017 CMF Chairman's AwardSheila Benedict was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the California Missions Foundation. In 2017 the Foundation also presented Sheila with the CMF Chairman’s Award. This award “recognizes individuals who have made a great impact on the studies of early California history and/or preservation of historic sites in their respective communities.”

Sheila will be presenting “The California Historic Missions and Their Records: Their Importance to Genealogists” on July 11, 2018, at 8:00pm (EDT), as part of the Virtual Institute’s Occasional Webinar Series. Click here for more information and to register for the webinar.

Founded in 1998, the California Missions Foundation was established with the objective of preserving and protecting the missions. The Foundation is the only organization dedicated to the long-term preservation and restoration needs of all California missions and their associated historic and cultural resources for public benefit. Along with funds raised from the generous contributions from our corporate, foundation and individual supporters, CMF actively works to raise money to fund mission projects from stabilization of structures to conservation of paintings and artifacts and conducting archaeological research.

On January 1, 2016, the California Missions Foundation successfully merged with the California Mission Studies Association, an organization founded in 1984 and dedicated to scholarship, research and membership. Together the combined CMF is the only statewide organization dedicated to the preservation and studies of the California Missions and their related historical sites. (

Congratulations, Sheila!