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            'The Vault' is a repository of information about past PCA news and events.

             Four of the organization's members appeared in historic dress for the PCA's 'Wild West' Open House on March 25th.

            The Pioneers' Cemetery Association celebrated the Irish with a 'Blarney Stone' Open House on February 25th.  As visitors entered the parlor of Smurthwaite House, they came upon a mock funeral scene and learned about some of Ireland's funeral/wake traditions.   Grave markers of Phoenix's early Irish settlers were highlighted in a cemetery 'treasure hunt'.  A caravan of hearses was on display on the Avenue of Flags, courtesy of members of the Kaos Funeral Cars Club.  See photos....

             On January 28th, 2017, an estimated thirty visitors, including several youngsters, created Victorian-style valentines at the PCA's monthly open house event. Visitors also enjoyed a cemetery 'treasure hunt' during which they looked for symbols of love and devotion on headstones throughout the cemeteries.

            The Smurthwaite House roof gets a makeover. During the first week of July 2016, workmen stripped off the old shingles and replaced them with period-appropriate cedar shakes which will eventually acquire the patina of age.  The project was funded by money from the Phoenix Parks & Preservation Initiative (PPPI) and the work was done by ForeSite Design & Construction, a company that specializes in historic preservation.

             Thanks to the work of several Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts and Adventurers, the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park has never looked better!  During the spring of 2016, these young men outlined paths with donated river rock to enhance the appearance of the cemeteries and make it easier for visitors to locate specific lots.

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