Spirits of St Helena Cemetery Discovery Walk ~ Chinese Ancestors

St Helena Public Cemetery

September 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Price: $10

History comes alive at the cemetery in our 15th annual Discovery Walk! This year’s theme: “CANTON TO ST.HELENA.” St Helena High Drama students and local VIPs will bring to life the stories of the many 19th century Chinese residents buried at our extraordinarily beautiful and historic (161 years!) local cemetery. Sunday Sept 10, rain or shine, at either 1PM or 2PM start times.

ALL AGES WELCOMED. Two start times for the rain-or-shine walking tour: 1PM or 2PM. No RSVP needed. Not to be missed!
SECOND YEAR of partnership with St. Helena High School Drama Dept. Our local drama students will be historic re-enactors!!
We are very excited to have these young thespians step into the decades of the 1850s-1900 and BE the Chinese people who lived and died in St Helena and are buried in St. Helena Cemetery.
Tours begin at 1:00 (approximate) and 2:00 (sure).
Admission is $10
Comfy shoes. Rain or shine!
PREVIEW FROM RESEARCH DIRECTOR MARIAM HANSEN: “For over 100 years, former Chinese residents have rested unnoticed at Saint Helena Cemetery. This is our attempt to bring their stories to the public. You will learn about life in St. Helena’s Chinatown and the contributions of these immigrants to the development of St. Helena.

“St. Helena’s Chinatown was located at 801 Main Street at West Charter Oak, where over 200 people lived in the late 1800s. These workers developed the first vineyards in this area and hand dug many winery caves. Others worked as cooks, servants, merchants and laundry persons.”

Contact Mariam Hansen at shstory@shstory.org or 707-967-5502.