Sacramento's early gravemarkers were works of art in marble and granite. Visitors at this Saturday's tour will see some of the most beautiful hand-carved stones in the Historic City Cemetery. Knowledgeable docents will explain the stories and symbols behind the artifacts.
Later on Saturday the City Cemetery will reunite "lost" gravemarkers that were separated from the graves of early Sacramentans who were originally buried in the defunct New Helvetia Cemetery. The dedication ceremony will feature monuments connected to the Reeves, Jurgens, Asch and Bonetti families.
Valley Community Newspapers recently published a story about the rediscovery of the Asch Family tombstone lost for some 50 years.
What: Stonecutters: Sacramento's First Artists / Lost and Found: New Helvetia Revisited
Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento
When: June 2. Stonecutters, 10 a.m. New Helvetia Dedication, 11:30 a.m.
Cost: free, but donations greatly appreciated to help with cemetery restoration
For more info: (916) 264-5621 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: Ersiglio Bonetti Monument. This gravemarker was brought into the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery approximately 20 years ago by a homeowner who found it in the yard of a home he had recently purchased. Courtesy Old City Cemetery Committee