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The Wooden Bells of Mission San Buenaventura

Author: Max Kurillo

While the intrigue and romance of bells have, for centuries, captured the imagination of people from all walks of life, the bells found in the museum of the mission in Ventura are so unique and so mysterious as to almost defy reason. Since early in the 1900s they have quietly resided there, inspiring awe and wonder in those who viewed them. For these bells are like no others, they are beautifully, masterfully hand carved from wood. With no recorded history to inform us, no memories among the living to guide us, no apparent logical reason for their being, they seem to be waiting for some to uncover their secret.

The pages of this story contain a wealth of detail, historical fact, interpretation and imaginative speculation in the attempt to answer these questions.

About the Author

Max Kurillo

Max Kurillo has been researching, writing, and lecturing about the California missions for many decades and has published several books, articles, and booklets about the missions. He worked with and appeared with Huell Howser on the California Gold production of “The Bells of El Camino Real,” and appeared on KECT (Los Angeles) and KPBS (San Diego) with Howser discussing the mission bells. Kurillo has visited all the 48 missions in Baja and Alta California. He won the Native Daughters of the Gold West “California Image Award” for his work documenting El Camino Real. He has published in the Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly, Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly, the American Bell Association’s Bell Tower, and the California Missions Foundation’s Boletín. California State Parks featured a panel display entitled “California Historic Corridor” based on his work and photographs. Kurillo lives in the San Diego area.