About MIF : Mission Inn Foundation

Feb 9, 2018

Welcome to the About MIF page of La Historia Society's website, dedicated to providing you with rich and comprehensive information about the Mission Inn Foundation (MIF). As a non-profit organization operating in the Community and Society category, MIF plays a vital role in the preservation and promotion of Riverside's historic jewel, the Mission Inn.

Preserving a Riverside Treasure

The Mission Inn, a National Historic Landmark, holds immense cultural and architectural significance. The Mission Inn Foundation, established in 1976, strives to conserve and educate the public about this extraordinary site. MIF's mission is to preserve the history, heritage, and architectural integrity of the Mission Inn through education, advocacy, and support.

Exploring the Rich History

Delve into the captivating history embodied by the Mission Inn. From its early beginnings as a small adobe boarding house in 1876 to its transformation into the sprawling Spanish Revival-style masterpiece we see today, the Mission Inn has witnessed the evolution of Riverside and its surrounding communities. Discover the stories of the inn's founders, Frank Miller and Isabella Rideout, and their pioneering vision that shaped the region's history.

Awe-Inspiring Architecture

Immerse yourself in the architectural wonders that define the Mission Inn. Be amazed by the intricate details that blend various architectural styles, including Spanish Gothic, Moorish Revival, and Mediterranean Revival. Explore every nook and cranny of this sprawling complex, from the enchanting Rotunda to the awe-inspiring Music Room, and marvel at the craftsmanship that went into creating this iconic landmark.

Engage with the Mission Inn Foundation

Join us in celebrating the heritage and legacy of the Mission Inn by actively engaging with the Mission Inn Foundation. Whether you're a local resident, a history enthusiast, or a visitor from afar, there are numerous ways to participate and contribute to the preservation efforts:

  • Membership: Become a member of MIF and enjoy exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to the Mission Inn Museum, priority notice of events, and discounts at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Share your passion for history by volunteering your time and skills. MIF offers various volunteer positions, ranging from tour guide ambassadors to archival assistants.
  • Donate: Support MIF's preservation initiatives by making a charitable contribution. Your donation helps fund restoration projects, educational programs, and ongoing maintenance of this historic landmark.
  • Events and Programs: Attend the engaging events and programs organized by MIF throughout the year. From lecture series and book signings to guided tours and art exhibitions, there's always something exciting happening at the Mission Inn.

Discover Riverside's Cultural Gem

Explore the city of Riverside beyond the walls of the Mission Inn. Delight in the vibrant local culture, charming neighborhoods, and an array of dining and shopping experiences. Take a leisurely walk along Riverside's historic downtown streets, brimming with unique shops, galleries, and a diverse culinary scene.

Plan Your Visit

If you're planning a trip to the Mission Inn, don't miss out on Riverside's other attractions. Visit nearby museums, such as the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and the California Citrus State Historic Park, to gain a deeper understanding of the region's history.

Stay at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

To fully immerse yourself in the Mission Inn experience, consider staying at the luxurious Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. Indulge in the opulent ambiance, exquisite dining, and rejuvenating spa treatments, all within the walls of this historic treasure.

Join Us in Celebrating History and Heritage

The Mission Inn Foundation, in collaboration with La Historia Society, invites you to join us in celebrating the enduring history and cultural significance of the Mission Inn. Together, let's ensure the preservation and promotion of this remarkable Riverside landmark for future generations to enjoy.