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Santa Clara City Library

Mission City Memorial Park Cemetery Tour

As part of the “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” Book-to-Action series, join Mary Boyle, Local History/Genealogy Librarian, for a tour of one of Santa Clara’s original cemeteries. The City bought the “graveyard” land in 1850-51 and it has gone through many name changes. Since 1972 it has been known as Mission City Memorial Park. Cemeteries are more than simply a final resting place; they are places of historical significance that help document the past and the lives of the people who shaped it. Come join us as we explore the birthplace of Santa Clara’s death space. 

Please note that attendees should meet at 420 N. Winchester Road. Sign up for this tour at

Also, please join us for our other Book to Action programs happening over the coming weeks: 

March 26th - Being Mortal Screening and Discussion (2PM)

March 27th - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Book Discussion (7PM)

March 28th - The Cost of Dying: a talk by San Jose Mercury News journalist Lisa Krieger (7PM)

March 31st - Mission City Memorial Park Cemetery Tour with Mary Boyle, local history and genealogy librarian (Noon)

April 5th - Hospice and Palliative Care discussion with Hospice of the Valley (7PM)

April 6th - A Death Cafe with the Centre for Living With Dying (7PM)


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