Or would you?
Our website has definitely taken on a haunted appearance lately. Where we once had bright and cheery rooms full of useful items in the expected places, we now have locked doors carrying a sort-of No Tresspassing sign: “This content temporarily unavailable.” You can almost see the skulls and crossbones. What’s up with that?
Well, our website is in the middle of a pretty extensive re-model this summer. And, if you’ve ever remodeled a house, haunted or otherwise, you know how chaotic the process can be. But the first fruits of the chaos have already arrived in the form of this blog. It will give us the opportunity to opine about all sorts of cemetery-related matters, those directly related to the Auburn Pioneer Cemetery and those of a more general tenor. I can’t think of a more fitting addition to build onto our haunted digs, can you?
Just as a way of reminding myself of all the content we have in storage, I composed a laundry list this week of all the features that we have developed for the site—features that will all be returning as time permits. It’s not a bad little list. Many cemetery sites offer little more than a transcript of their tombstones. We have always endeavored to make this site more engaging, both to descendants and other interested visitors. I hope the list is evidence that we are slowly succeeding.
So, please—feel free to look around. There’s no need to be scared. All of the ghosts are friendly here.
Materials Developed for Auburn Pioneer Cemetery website:
- Complete transcript of all extant tombstones, including a kanji transcript of the Japanese language stones.
- Row listings indicating the location of individual Japanese-language markers relative to nearby English-language markers
- Translations of names and dates for each of the 100+ Japanese language stones.
- High-def, high-contrast digital photo catalog of each of the original kanji tombstones (those produced between 1928-1942 including Jizo statues)
- Miscellaneous site photography
- Compellation of unmarked burials, both Japanese and “pioneer”
- Plot map including locations of marked and unmarked graves; locations of statuary and cenotaphs; location of vacant plots
- Comprehensive cemetery history from 1866 through present, both in text form and interactive timeline form
- Glossary of specialized terminology applying to the cemetery, especially of terminology of Japanese and/or Buddhist burial practices
- Slide deck illustrating the evolution of Japanese markers at the cemetery from 1900 through present day
- Genealogy/Family trees of all families represented in the cemetery (except in the few cases where a family returned to Japan after a burial, at which point they disappeared from U.S. records)
- Narrative biographies representing approximately 25 individuals (and/or their families) buried in the cemetery. A number that will grow in the future.