Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cemetery Tour

NKA Board Secretary Marilyn Ames contributed these photos and description of the NKA tour of local cemeteries. A large group of NKA members was guided by Stefani Herridge (pictured at right), who has served on the Pocatello cemetery board and has written a book about the City's cemeteries.
The brisk spring air was perfumed with blossoming trees, and the tour began at the Brady Chapel in Mountain View Cemetery. 
Mt. Moriah is a Masonic cemetery located inside Mountain View. The group toured the different sections of the cemetery and learned some of each section's fascinating history.
Stefani used a portable microphone so that all group members could hear her clearly.
Stefani's book is A History of Cemeteries in Pocatello, Idaho. A copy is available at Marshall Public Library, reference 979.647 HER. She writes, "Cemeteries are a place to remember loved ones and celebrate their lives. They are also places to explore history, and not just family history (which is available in abundance) but also the history of the town itself. The cemeteries in Pocatello provide places to not only sit in quiet contemplation and remember our loved ones, but also to physically walk through time and history."

BPOE (Elks), Woodmen of the World, and military were just a few of the many markers visited.
The Japanese Cemetery is beautiful, as are the infants' and family sections and many markers displayed intricate architectural detail. 
Marilyn writes: From the Potters Fields to the symbolism to the individual stories, this tour was amazing.