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
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.
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.
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
3:00 p.m. – Homeward bound
Register today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carpool arrangements are available; tell us if you
would like to be a driver or passenger.
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
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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