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    Honoring the Ancestors: Santa Barbara's Traditional Chinese Burial Customs

    Santa Barbara Cemetery
    901 Channel Drive
    May 4, 2024 — 10:30 a.m. PDT

    Did you know there was a Chinese cemetery in Santa Barbara? Join us to learn about Santa Barbara’s early Chinese residents, their funeral practices, and burial history in the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

    Eugene Moy, past president of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, will describe Santa Barbara’s Chinese community circa 1860s to 1930. Elaborate Chinese funeral processions, secondary burial practices, along with specific individual histories, will also be discussed.

    Author and researcher, David Petry, will talk about the history of the Santa Barbara Cemetery and provide details about the establishment of a Chinese section and the building of structures to accommodate ancient Chinese death rituals.

    Cost: Free! Please register to reserve your spot.

    Parking: Park inside the cemetery along curbs near the chapel. Please arrive early enough to find parking and check in. The check-in table will be in front of the chapel.

    *Be prepared to walk around on uneven cemetery lawns. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and a hat, as well as bringing bottled water. 

    Picnic in the Cemetery

    Santa Barbara Cemetery
    901 Channel Drive
    October 4, 2024 — 10:00 a.m. PDT
    Travel back in time and meet some of Santa Barbara’s historical figures as they come to life to share their stories. Guests will travel in small groups to each location in the cemetery to hear these great stories.
    Join us for a picnic lunch afterwards at the LDS Church/Santa Barbara FamilySearch Center, 2107 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara.

    *Be prepared to walk on uneven ground with some slight inclines at the cemetery.

    More details coming soon!

    Picnic in the Cemetery

    At this fundraiser, Society members portrayed and recounted the lives of real-life historical figures buried at that particular cemetery, followed by lunch. The actors helped with research, wrote the scripts, and provided costumes and props. Past events were held at the Los Alamos, Carpinteria, Oak Hill (Ballard), and Goleta cemeteries.

    Please enjoy the videos from past Picnics which are posted below.

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