Dining Among the Dead

29 August 2013  
It's a meal and a living history lesson all in one, and it's for a great cause. 

A unique fundraiser to benefit Sharlot Hall Museum and Yavapai Cemetery Association will take place on Friday, September 6 at the Citizen's Cemetery in Prescott.

The dinner will take place from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Enjoy a special presentation by six historic "residents" of Citizens Cemetery, plus a special catered outdoor Mexican-style dinner by Macayo's Restaurant. You can choose between beef, chicken or vegetarian. Please be sure to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for dining outdoors and negotiating uneven surfaces. Escort service available to assist in crossing Sheldon Street.

The cost is $45 per plate, with proceeds to benefit Sharlot Hall Museum and the Yavapai Cemetery Association. Reservations are required by Monday, September 2.

Citizen's Cemetery was first used in 1864, the same year that the City of Prescott was founded. Colorado Legislator Joel Woods was the first person to be buried in the the burial grounds. The cemetery was permanently closed to new burials by the Board of Supervisors in 1933, with the exception of those that had already paid leases for their plots. According to the Yavapai County website, "It is estimated that there are approximately 3,000 burials at Citizens Cemetery. Of these, less than 1,000 are marked... Veterans of several wars are interred at Citizens Cemetery."

To make a reservation, please call 928-445-3122 Ext. 15, or visit the Museum Archives at 115 S. McCormick St. Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.

What: Dining Among the Dead

Where: Citizen's Cemetery, 815 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott, AZ

When: Friday, September 6 from 5:30 - 8 PM

Cost: $45 per plate

Reservations: Made by Monday, September 2; call 928.445.3122, ext. 15 or call the Museum Archives at 115 S. McCormic St.

For more photos of the cemetery, //www.flickr.com/photos/7388762@N03/sets/72157619945802449/" target="_blank" data-mce-href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7388762@N03/sets/72157619945802449/">Nite Tripper has put up a fascinating Flickr page. 

Lynne LaMaster