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Education Programs

Workshops at San Luis

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  • Call 850.245.6406
    to register

Mission San Luis offers a wide range of educational programming for adults and children.  Our workshops provide the opportunity to learn about 17th century Spanish and Native American crafts and lifestyles while expressing your creativity. Participants will gain the skills needed to craft materials or cook foods similar to those made by 17th century residents of Mission San Luis.

Specialty Workshops

Check back for future workshop offerings.

Recurring Workshops

  1. Blacksmithing
    1st and 4th Saturday of each month

    10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Ages 13 and up
    Members: $45
    Non-members: $60
    Class Size: 3 Beginner OR 2 Intermediate Level Students

    Beginner Level

    Join us at the Mission San Luis forge for an introduction to blacksmithing. Start the day learning to build and maintain a fire in a traditional Spanish-style forge. Using basic techniques of fire and hammer, create your own masterpiece and leave tired and inspired.

    Intermediate Level

    Continue to hone your blacksmithing skills at the MSL forge. This workshop adapts to the student’s needs, and can be taken more than once to build skills. Participants must bring a lunch and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Participants should not wear contact lenses.

    Participants must bring a lunch and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Participants should not wear contact lenses.

  2. Saint Martha's Hearth Historic Cooking Classes
    Upcoming dates:
    • Saturday, May 31

    11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Ages 13 and up
    Members: $15
    Non-members: $20
    Class Size: 7

    Gather around the fire and gossip with the cooks while preparing colonial meals. Learn about the Spanish and Apalachee foodways traditions and the influences they had on each other.

    Participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

    Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date.

  3. Charcoal Making
    4th Saturday of each month.

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Ages 13 and up
    Members: $10
    Non-members: $15
    Class Size: 3

    Join us at the Mission San Luis forge to experience the charcoal burning process. Learn all the necessary steps to make charcoal – an important ingredient for blacksmithing. Previous attendees of the Blacksmithing for Beginners workshop will be given one complimentary space in this workshop. Participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Clothing must be made of natural fibers.

  4. Flintlock & Range Safety Training
    Upcoming dates:
    • April 12

    9:00 am–6:00 pm
    Ages 16 and up

    Note: If participant is under 18, the training participant and his/her parent or guardian must attend a pre-training conference with MSL staff and sign an agreement form.

    Members: $10
    Non-members: $15
    MSL Volunteers with over 50 hours of service: Free

    The Flintlock School at Mission San Luis is designed as a program to recruit and train interested individuals as living history volunteers. Participants will learn to safely load and fire an 18th-century flintlock, using a modified form of the 1728 Spanish Infantry Drill. The program also includes hands-on safety training and background information about daily military life in the Mission San Luis village. For additional details, click here. Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date.

    Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date.

  5. Cannon & Range Safety Training (2 day program)
    Upcoming dates:
    • TBA

    Ages 16 and up

    Note: If participant is under 18, the training participant and his/her parent or guardian must attend a pre-training conference with MSL staff and sign an agreement form.

    Members: $10
    Non-members: $15
    MSL Volunteers with over 50 hours of service: Free

    The Cannon School at Mission San Luis is designed as a program to recruit and train interested individuals as living history volunteers. Participants will learn to safely load and fire an 18th-century cannon, using a modified form of the Spanish Field Artillery drill. The program also includes hands-on safety training and background information about 18th-century armies. For additional details, click here.

    Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date.


Space is very limited. Pre-registration is recommended.

To register for a workshop, please call 850.245.6406.


Workshops at Mission San Luis are sponsored by the Friends of Mission San Luis, Inc. Become a member and receive discounts on workshops by visiting the membership page or contacting Heidi Edgar at 850.245.6352 or membership@missionsanluis.org. Program duration and cost varies and are stated separately for each workshop or seminar.    Information about how to reach the museum may be found on this site at Visit Us.

A non-refundable deposit of $15 is required to secure a space. The remainder of the fee must be paid before the start of the workshop. Please make checks payable to the Friends of Mission San Luis (FOMSL). These programs are sponsored by the Friends of Mission San Luis, a private, non-profit organization under the terms of Internal Revenue Service regulations (501-c3).

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