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A few hours later Hidalgo proclaimed rebellion from his church. After initial successes Allende, Hidalgo and other rebel leaders were captured in in Chihuahua.
Allende was executed, but on independence in he was recognized as a martyr and in the town was renamed San Miguel de Allende. The Escuela de Bellas Artes was founded in and the town started to take on its current character when David Alfaro Siqueiros began mural-painting courses that attracted artists of every persuasion.
The Instituto Allende opened in , also attracting foreign students.
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Many were American veterans who could settle here under the GI Bill ; an influx of artists has continued ever since. All rights reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. No worries. The Discover Series.
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Tiles and adobe blocks were made and stored before the stone foundation of the church was laid in San Miguel Mission property extended 18 miles to the north and 18 miles to the south, 66 miles to the east and 35 miles to the Pacific Ocean. The success of the Mission was due largely to Father Juan Martin who served here from the beginning until Following Mexico's move to independence, Mission San Miguel was secularized in and put under the control of a civilian administrator.
With the exile of the Spanish Franciscans, the Salinan People left the mission for their ancestral homelands.
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On July 4, , Petronillo Rios and William Reed took possession of the mission and the Reed family occupied the recently abandoned buildings. After the murder of the Reed family members and their household staff, the mission rooms were converted to commercial stores such as a hotel, a saloon, and retail shops. United States President Buchanan returned the mission buildings and the surrounding property to the Catholic Church in On the morning of December 22, , California's Central Coast was rocked by a severe earthquake, the largest to strike the region in over 50 years.
Mission San Miguel, just 34 miles from the epicenter, was especially hard-hit. The entire Mission complex was closed to the public, and the long process for raising funds for a retrofitting began.
In , the Mission Gift Shop was reopened, and then on December 22, - the same day and time as the earthquake three years earlier - the Museum reopened. On the Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel on September 29, , a dedication Mass was celebrated in the church and three days later a public ceremony was held to mark the church's reopening.