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National Park Service Hosts Las Posadas

Nov 23, 2015 08:04AM ● By Jennifer Neys
Join the National Park Service and the Spanish Choir of St. Catherine of Siena Church for a bilingual program of music, history, and holiday traditions at the Martinez Adobe on the grounds of John Muir National Historic Site.  This free event is on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM.  

Las Posadas is a holiday tradition throughout the Americas with origins in New Spain.  In the 16th century Spanish missionaries noticed the indigenous people had a ceremony that fell during Christmastime.  Las Posadas was developed to convert the native tradition to the Catholic faith.  

This program includes some religious elements for educational and cultural purposes and to share the story of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.  People of all faiths are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Come discover how the faith and traditions introduced by the Spanish continue to shape our community.

The Martinez Adobe is home to a bilingual exhibit about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail which commemorates the Spanish colonial settlement of the Bay Area in 1776.  

Reservations are not required. Please call the John Muir NHS visitor center at (925) 228-8860 extension 0 if you have questions.  Visitors should meet at John Muir NHS.  If it rains, the program will be a sing-along inside the John Muir National Historic Site Visitor Center.

The John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue in Martinez, is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the site is free of charge. For more information, please visit the park website at or call (925) 228-8860.