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Education Programs

Workshops at San Luis

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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.

Upcoming Workshops

First Saturday Workshops: (Members – $15/Non-Members – $20)

Beginner & Intermediate Blacksmithing (see dates and times below)

Third Saturday Workshops: (Members – $15/Non-Members – $20)

Candle Making (February 20, 2016; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Charcoal Making (March 19, 2016; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Historic Cooking (March 19, 2016; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Fifth Saturday Workshops: (Members – $15/Non-Members – $20)

Pottery Making - TBA
Soap Making (January 30, 2016; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Historic Weapons Training:

Cannon & Range Safety Training (Feb 27-28, 2016)
Matchlock & Range Safety Training (January 30, 2016)

See below for more details.


Blacksmithing

Beginner Blacksmithing

Members: $45 / Non-members: $60

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Saturday, February 6, 2016
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016
  • Saturday, May 7, 2016
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • Saturday, July 2, 2016
  • Saturday, September 3, 2016
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016

Ages: 13 and up
Class Size: 3

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.

Participants must bring a lunch and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Participants should not wear contact lenses. Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date. Call 850.245.6406.

Intermediate Blacksmithing

Members: $45 / Non-members: $60
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Saturday, April 2, 2016
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ages: 13 and up
Class Size: 2

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. Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date. Call 850.245.6406.

Candle Making

Members: $15 / Non-members: $20
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ages: 13 and up; Minimum of 2 participants
Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date. Call 850.245.6406.

Cannon & Range Safety Training

Members: $10 / Non-members: $15 / MSL Volunteers with over 50 hours of service: Free
Two-day program
Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

  • Saturday and Sunday, February 27 & 28, 2016

Ages: 16 and up; Minimum of 2 participants

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.

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 (pdf).

Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date. Call 850.245.6406.

Charcoal Making

Members: $15 / Non-members: $20
9:00 am – Noon

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ages: 13 and up

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 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.

Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date. Call 850.245.6406.

Flintlock & Range Safety Training

Members: $10 / Non-members: $15 / MSL Volunteers with over 50 hours of service: Free
9:00 am–6:00 pm

  • TBA

Ages: 16 and up; Minimum of 2 participants

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.

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 (pdf).

Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date. Call 850.245.6406.

Historic Cooking

Members: $15 / Non-members: $20
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ages: 13 and up; Minimum of 2 participants

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. Call 850.245.6406.

Matchlock & Range Safety Training

Members: $10 / Non-members: $15 / MSL Volunteers with over 50 hours of service: Free
9:00 am–6:00 pm

  • Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ages: 16 and up; Minimum of 2 participants

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.

The Matchlock 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 a 17th-century matchlock. 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 (pdf).

Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date. Call 850.245.6406.

Pottery Making

Members: $15 / Non-members: $20
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • TBA

Ages: 13 and up; Minimum of 2 participants

Learn the basics of clay pottery hand-building using coil and pinch techniques. Also covered will be pottery’s place in history and how archaeologists use pot sherds to assess where and when pottery was used.

Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date. Call 850.245.6406.

Soap Making

Members: $15 / Non-members: $20
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ages: 18 and up; Minimum of 2 participants

Pre-registration is required and must be received at least one week prior to the workshop date. Call 850.245.6406.


Space is very limited. Pre-registration is required.

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 Caitlyn Shanley at 850.245.6484 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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