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Archaeological Site Tour

           Mark Hackbarth, senior archaeologist at Logan Simpson, announces a site tour at 9 AM on Friday, March 31st, for PCA members and interested persons.  The tour will examine the prehistoric and historic components in Block 23 of the original Phoenix townsite. Block 23 is located between Washington and Jefferson Streets and First and Second Streets in downtown Phoenix.

          The discussion also will cover previous excavations within the downtown Phoenix area that relate to the  prehistoric Hohokam settlement which existed between A.D. 250–1150 and the original Phoenix townsite that overlaid it from 1871 to 1967.

Florence Field Trip

           The Pioneers' Cemetery Association is taking a field trip to Florence, Arizona, on April 1st. This is your opportunity to visit Florence's Confederate Library, the Adamsville Cemetery, and the historic downtown area.

Adamsville Cemetery

Projected schedule:
8:15 a.m. - Meet at Smurthwaite House parking lot, 1317 West Jefferson in Phoenix
8:30 a.m. - Depart for Florence
10:00 a.m. – Visit the Confederate Library at 554 E. Collingwood in Florence
11:00 a.m. – Tour the Adamsville Cemetery and visit the grave of Captain Granville H. Oury
Noon – Lunch at Mount Athos Greek Restaurant, 444 N. Pinal Parkway
Afternoon - Walking tour of downtown Florence. Visit the True Value Hardware Store (the hats are fabulous), Silver King Hotel (best fudge in AZ), McFarland State Park (first Arizona State Park) and the Florence Court House (designed by James Miller Creighton).
3:00 p.m. – Homeward bound

             Register today by emailing Carpool arrangements are available; tell us if you would like to be a driver or passenger.

Ching Ming
                      observance            The Ong Ko Met Association will observe Ching Ming (Chinese Memorial Day) on April 4, 2017. There will be a very BRIEF ceremony starting at 9:30 A.M. at the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park (cemeteries) near the Phoenix Chinese Pioneers' memorial.  “Ching Ming” literally translates as 'clear/bright'.  On this day, Chinese people sweep the graves of their ancestors, touch up headstone inscriptions, burn incense and make offerings of food. Traditionally, descendants also burn 'joss money' or 'joss paper' for their ancestors to use in the afterlife.  The public is welcome to come and observe these Chinese traditions.

            The March 2017 newsletter is now on line. To view slideshows of previous events, please visit the PCA vault.

            You're invited to come downtown and tour the seven historic cemeteries that make up the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, where many of Phoenix's founding fathers (and mothers) are buried.  See Smurthwaite House's new Victorian- and Edwardian-era furnishings and decorations, thanks to the tireless work of interior decorator and PCA member Judy Smith and her assistants.

           In keeping with its status as a small museum,  Smurthwaite House and the historic cemeteries at 1317 West Jefferson is open to visitors on Thursdays and for other events throughout the year.   Arrangements for private tours can also be made.  Please email the PCA well in advance of your visit to find out when our volunteer staff will be on the grounds.

          If you love local history and cemeteries, we'd love to have you as a PCA member and volunteer!

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