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Evergreen Cemetery : a guided tour

by Renie Leaman;

  VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material

January 2013 Review on the 1979-80 VHS Video Tape   (2013-01-13)

Very Good

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by MAHEvergreen

A guided tour of the historic Evergreen Cemetery video tape was first viewed by me back in the mid 1980's when I took a local history of Santa Cruz County at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California just for fun. For the class project, I chose to document all the Chinese headstones found in old cemeteries in the county of Santa Cruz.

Last year, in 2011, when I get back to volunteer with the Evergreen Renovation Project, I remembered the tape that I saw. Went back to B-40 branch of the public library to look for it. Found out that Call number: VC979.471 Evergreen Cemetery, a guided tour by Leaman,Renie, is in storage.

Gary, one of the dedicated members of the restoration team, went down to the Central Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library to check the VHS tape out and through the magic of technology, had transfered the content of the tape onto YouTube !

I especially enjoyed the stories Renie told, sitting on the cement wall besides the "oven" if not incent burner which still stood strong at today's, January 2013 Evergreen Cemetery.

I had used my ten years old mini-cassette camcorder in 2011-2012 attempting to document the general area for future reference. Since there were lots of vegetations overgrown over the years of "neglect", the images and recording did not turn out as well as the one VHS video taken back in 1979-1980 except a few frozen-fram poor resolutions images that I climbed up to the top of the "dragon path" to have a view from "above", in the area where lots of the Clouds family's children were buried. However, words came during Friday, Jan.11, 2013 meeting with Renie Leaman's special apperance to help out the next generations to continue with the research and restoration works....the headstones of the Clouds family had recently vanished !




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