When it comes to doing good deeds, it’s usually the living who reap all the benefits, but that’s about to change as the Voices of the Pioneer Memorial Cemetery have cooked up some spooky ways for you to help preserve this historic sliver of spooky.
San Fernando’s Pioneer Cemetery is a haunting landmark that’s unfortunately fallen into a state of disrepair. Many graves there are without proper headstones, and as a result lots of souls will end up being lost in the ether. Now you can help do something about it and have a good time in the process.
The Voices of Pioneer Memorial Cemetery is a group that performs shows, re-enactments, and tours in conjunction with the San Fernando Valley Historical Society and the Los Angeles Mission College Drama Club in hopes of bringing the community together and helping beautify this historic cemetery that has been abandoned and mistreated throughout the years.
The San Fernando Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the beautiful history of the San Fernando Valley. San Fernando is the oldest city in the Valley, thus having a rich history dating back to the mid 1800’s and even before that with the Tataviam Indian tribes. They set out to make the community aware of all the historical sites that the beautiful Valley has to offer and also to make people aware that we need to preserve historical buildings, monuments, and any other landmark that is constantly threatened by time and weather.
The Pioneer Cemetery became a historical landmark in 1961 but dates back to the late 1800’s. Located in Sylmar, California, it is the second oldest cemetery in the San Fernando Valley. Within its grounds lie the remains of individuals who have their own histories to tell, from veterans of several wars to helpless infants, from victims of disease or natural disasters to those who simply had nowhere else to rest. However, in the 60’s and 70’s vandalism became a huge problem for the cemetery and its physical structures with many tombstones stolen, broken, or defaced. The cemetery’s story is a fascinating one.
To find out what you can do to help or when you can show up to catch one of the many events, visit the official Voices of Pioneer Memorial Cemetery website.
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