Friday marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of , a member of one of the founding families of Southern California who lived in San Juan Capistrano.
To commemorate the occasion, the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society launched a new exhibit at the Leck House on which will run until June.
The exhibit may be viewed without going into the house.
Included in the exhibit is Juan Avila's christening dress; a dress worn by his daughter Rosa Avila Pryor; Pablo Pryor's vest, Juan Avila son-in-law; the sheets from the wedding bed of Rosa and Pablo Pryor; and the trunk which survived the fire that destroyed most of the Avila mansion, according to a press release from the Historical Society.
A pamphlet highlighting the life of Juan Avila is available at the Historical Society office, O'Neill museum 31831 Los Rios St.
The artifacts are part of the collection of items donated to the Historical Society by the great-grandchildren of Juan and Soledad Avila.
The Leck House is at 31865 Los Rios St. in San Juan Capistrano.