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Evergreen at Dusk: Cemetery History Tours

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Thursday, September 17, 2020,
6:15pm - 9pm

261 Evergreen Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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$15 General | $5 MAH Members

Discover the shadows and secrets found within Evergreen Cemetery, one of the oldest public cemeteries in California, on a self-guided tour of the grounds.

Bring your curiosity (and maybe some flashlights) as you explore the final resting place of Santa Cruz's early settlers. The 45-minute tour is a self-driven adventure uncovering the stories and tombstones of the people who made Santa Cruz what it is today. Designed for daring, curious, and history-loving households this tour is great for all ages!

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Registration is limited to one household per registration to ensure plenty of spacing as groups individually explore the cemetery. Each tour should take 30-45 minutes to complete with around 4-6 groups out in the cemetery at a time. The time you select is when your group/household tour begins, we recommend arriving 5-10 minutes early to ensure you can begin right on time.

Upon arrival, find the MAH staffer under the iconic Evergreen Arch. They will give you the printed map and guide with a brief introduction to Evergreen's history. Following the welcome, you are then free to follow the scavenger hunt like map and travel back in time uncovering the stories buried across the grounds. Go at your own pace and use your flashlights to cast shadows and explore. We'll be there on-site to help you get from tombstone to tombstone if assistance is needed. Please be sure to wear your mask and maintain a 6-ft distance when around other explorers or MAH staffers.

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Want to explore Evergreen in the dark?

Sign-up for the private guided tour at 8pm!

This later tour will be led by a MAH staffer and is available for one household per night. Dig deeper into the stories and history of the cemetery. This after-dark tour has to be on your Santa Cruz Bucketlist. Flashlights are required (or night vision goggles if you roll like that)!

Sign-up for a Self-Guided Tour
Check out the times and availability over on Eventbrite. These tours at $15 General and $10 for MAH Members.
Register for a Self-Guided Tour

Take a Private Guided Tour of Evergreen

Register for the $30 MAH-led tour here. Limit one household per tour and MAH Members can enjoy $10 off!

Register for a Guided Tour

Upcoming Tour Times

Thursday, September 3rd & 17th and every Thursday in October!

  • One General + One MAH Member Household – 6:15 pm
  • One General + One MAH Member Household – 6:30 pm
  • One General + One MAH Member Household – 6:45 pm
  • Private Guided Tour – 8:00pm


If you have additional questions about this event please email us at

This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users at this time. Some trails are unpaved and uneven.

There are no public restrooms at Evergreen Cemetery. Harvey West Park just down the road has public restrooms but they close at sunset.

There is free street parking on Evergreen Street right across from the cemetery.

You can sign up to become a MAH Member at any of the levels here:

For Evergreen at Dusk Self-Guided Tours: Check out on Eventbrite with the ticket type 'MAH Member.'

For Guided Flashlight Tours: Current MAH Members can use the promo code MAHMEMBERPERKS for $10 off. Thank you for respecting the honor system here and supporting the MAH through this time.

If you have any membership questions or if you want to double-check that your membership has not expired please email us at

We love your furry/scaly friends as well, but we ask that you leave them at home for this event. Service animals are welcome though.