I have to admit, the movie and T.V. character “Zorro” is one of my all-time favorites. The mythical character is the secret identity of a wealthy landowner, in the time of Spanish rule here in California. With his mask on, Zorro would fight corruption and fight for the rights of the poor. Love it!
Now you can enjoy the legend of Zorro at a traveling exhibit at Mission San Juan Capistrano called “Zorro Unmasked” It is running for a limited time Only: June 1, 2010 – August 31, 2010. Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The first work to feature the fictional character Zorro (zorro is the Spanish word for fox) was the “The Curse of Capistrano,” a 1919 story by Johnston McCulley. It would be later published as a novella in 1924 under the title “The Mark of Zorro.”
Here are a few highlights, from their website:
“The Legend of Zorro: Myth or History?”
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Sandra Curtis, Ph.D. author of Zorro Unmasked, the Official History, will discuss highlights of the 90 year history of the beloved 19th century Spanish California champion of the oppressed, whose story is intimately tied to Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Space is limited in this lecture, RSVP today by calling (949) 234-1375
A very limited number of copies of Dr. Curtis’ now-out-of-print book, “Zorro Unmasked: The Official History” will be available for purchase for $20; $25 if autographed.
Zorro Unmasked Curiosity Cart
Sundays, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Make a paper rose, a Zorro mask or pick up free activitiy booklets.
The exhibit will feature original costumes worn by actors Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones from the 2005 film “The Legend of Zorro”. In addition, generations of film goers will enjoy viewing original film props and related items from the films of such stars as Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power and Guy Williams. An array of related Zorro items from pop culture, film, T.V., magazines and books will also be on display for the public’s enjoyment.
Since the Zorro’s creation in 1919, nearly every American generation has had the chance to fall in love with the Spanish Fox. Through books, film, and television this world famous character has come to symbolize justice, hope, romance, courage, and timeless entertainment.
Come and celebrate Mission San Juan Capistrano’s second traveling exhibit for a limited time only in the newly refurbished West Wing Building.
This exhibit is free to members and daily viewing hours will be limited.
Mission San Juan Capistrano is located at 26801 Ortega Hwy., in San Juan Capistrano.