Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks

Many Jews took part in the California Gold Rush. Since 1963 the Magnes's Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks has restored and preserved six long-neglected cemeteries where these pioneers were buried - in Sonora, Jackson, Mokelumne Hill, Placerville, Grass Valley, and Nevada City, California. A seventh, in Marysville, came under the Commission's protection in 1995.
Gravestones, Marysville Pioneer Jewish Cemetery.
Photo copyright (c) Bram Goodwin, 1995.

The evocative inscriptions on gravestones in these Mother Lode sites illuminate the hardships and challenges of pioneer life. Arrangements to visit these cemeteries should be made in advance, through the Commission, c/o Western Jewish History Center, phone 510/549-6932. A widely acclaimed, illustrated and informative Traveler's Guide to these sites has been published by the Magnes(1996).

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