The Restoration of Evergreen Cemetery [2022]

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Traci Bliss, Author


Traci Bliss, author of Big Basin Redwood Forest, Evergreen Cemetery, Santa Cruz’s Seabright, Split History asked us to produce a short film for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s History Forum.

Using a micro budget and filmed and edited in a single day with an iPhone, “The Restoration of Evergreen Cemetery” was accepted into the 2022 Santa Cruz Film Festival “Short Documentary” category and won the “Spirit of Action” award in the “Shorts” category.

“The Restoration of Evergreen Cemetery” details the physical location of the historic cemetery in Santa Cruz county as maintained and restored by volunteers.

The following excerpt is from the Santa Cruz MAH’s website:
“Created in 1858, the Evergreen Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in California. Located next to Harvey West park in Santa Cruz, Evergreen is the final resting place for gold prospectors, artists, Chinese immigrants, mountain men, Yankees, Civil War veterans, lawyers, Masons, infants, travelers, and more.

A museum of the people who made Santa Cruz what it is today, Evergreen is managed and maintained by the MAH and a dedicated group of volunteers. Set inside a forested hillside, Evergreen is free to visit from sunrise to sundown, 7 days a week.”

The Land of Milk & Honey at the MAH


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