The Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins and California State Parks Sierra Gold sector have scheduled a very special Discover Malakoff! event for Saturday, October 13, from 4-7 pm. This interpretive program, the latest in the Discover Malakoff! monthly series, is specially designed to bring new visitors to this remote state park throughout the entire year. The goal of the monthly series of special events and activities is to ignite interest and support for the wide spectrum of resources and activities available to the public at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. October’s event will feature Chris Ward*, author of Cemeteries of the Western Sierra. Chris will lead a special seasonal tour through the historic North Bloomfield cemetery and share special stories extracted from the headstones and markers remaining in the still-operating cemetery. Established in the mid-1800’s, this plot of land is dedicated to the memories surrounding the early settlement of this hub of exploration and innovation.
“Cemeteries are more than final resting places for the dead; they are gateways to an area’s shared history.”
Following the one hour cemetery tour, we will gather at the recently upgraded Environmental Living Center campfire circle for more stories and some special readings highlighting some of the local ghostly and haunting legends. Bring your questions, your curiosity, and a picnic dinner or snacks to enjoy around the campfire after the tour.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Car pooling is encouraged. We will meet at the historic North Bloomfield cemetery. Accessing the park from Tyler Foote Road is recommended, as the shortest route via North Bloomfield Road is very rough, and unpaved from Edwards Crossing.
What can I bring into the event?
Bring a question! Your curiosity! Bring your camera, picnic supper, if you wish to eat after the tour, water bottle, and dress in layers, to accommodate the changeable foothill autumn weather. Hats, gloves, umbrellas, and scarves can help make a chilly afternoon enjoyable. Bring a small backpack to store your un-used articles.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call the park at 530-265-2740 if you have questions. Leave a message, if no one answers. We will get back to you! Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I update my registration information?
Please do RSVP, and update, if you need to change your plans. We will maintain a wait list. This event is limited to 30 participants.
How can I learn more about Malakoff?
Visit http://malakoffdigginsstatepark.org/to learn more about the park and about the Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins.
Also visit https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=494
Presented by the Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins and
California State Parks Sierra Gold Sector
For more information about the October 13, 2018 cemetery tour email: email@example.com
Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins Mission:
We enhance the interpretive experience for visitors, promote park-based education for learners of all ages, and support and preserve the natural and cultural resources of Malakoff Diggins SHP. We also assist other cooperative associations and the State Park System mission for the benefit of the public.
*Chris Ward is an archeological specialist and a contributor to numerous investigatory research projects throughout California. He is a member of multiple organizations dedicated to the conservation of California’s heritage, including the Society of California Archaeology and multiple regional and county preservation groups. He has spent hundreds of hours with historians, community members, and in the historical cemeteries, historical libraries, and archives photographing and compiling research for his book. He lives in and works from Penn Valley.
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