Tohono Chul Park: Day of the Dead with Patricia Preciado Martin

Tuesday, November 2 at 6:45 am (PT)

The Day of the Dead, El Día de Los Muertos, is a centuries-old tradition very much alive today in Mexico and the Arizona-Sonora borderlands. This colorful and elaborate celebration is also a time of respect and remembrance. In cemeteries around southeastern Arizona, families gather to honor friends and relatives by cleaning and decorating their graves with fresh and paper flowers, candles and offerings of food and drink.

Join noted Tucson author and oral historian Patricia Preciado Martin, and hosts Mary and Piet Van de Mark of Baja’s Frontier Tours (, to experience this special holiday firsthand. Martin’s treasured stories bring to life our selection of hidden, historic and even “ghostly” cemeteries in southeastern Arizona. One off-the-beaten track example is a 19th century mining camp cemetery in the hills east of historic Patagonia and another delightful feature of the day will be Martin’s sharing of items from her home altar.

Last year, she brought a selection of personal and family remembrances which she assembled and discussed with participants. This travel ed-venture is also open to members of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. Cost includes comfortable transportation, picnic lunch and great photo ops!

Cost: $99 members/$115 general public
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