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Argonaut Commemorative Memorial Services

Date: Sept 22 - Sept 24, 2022
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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Argonaut Mine Disaster Centennial Commemoration

Memorial Graveside Services To Be Held in Jackson Next Weekend

On Thursday, September 22 and Saturday, September 24, three memorial graveside services will be held for the forty-seven miners lost in what was one of the United States worst mining disasters. The services, taking place at the Jackson City (Protestant) cemetery, Catholic Cemetery, and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Cemetery, will be in the spirit of the actual services held one hundred years ago, following the end of the recovery effort. Each service, on both days, will last approximately one half-hour, with staggered start times and fifteen minutes between each service so that people may attend all three if they wish.

At 8:30 a.m., the Argonaut and Amador High School combined band, led by Director Evan Fellman, will open the ceremony with musical selections from the period. Then, at 9 a.m., Pastor Mark Smith, Creekside United Methodist Church and Bishop David L. Groth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will lead the memorial ceremony at the Jackson City Cemetery. Music will be provided by men’s quartet, Jack and His Friends, who will perform “Amazing Grace” and “Abide With Me.”

At 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Fr. Colin Wen, pastor at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, will lead the memorial service at the Jackson Catholic Cemetery. Deacon Ray Moreno will lead Saturday’s memorial service. Grace Fellowship Choir, led by Director Jonathon Casas, will perform “Nearer My God To Me,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” on both days.

Finally, at 10:30 a.m., a memorial service led by Father Marko Bojović will begin on the grounds of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church at 724 N. Main St.

The Argonaut Mine Disaster Centennial Commemoration Committee, through these memorial celebrations and events, strives to honor the enormous effort and ingenuity expended in the rescue effort and support for the victims’ families, and celebrate the diversity and optimism of the mostly immigrant miners who came to Jackson for a better life. Their cultural influences continue to this day in the California Gold Country.

For a complete list of events, including Living History Day on September 24 and other cultural activities commemorating the Argonaut Mine Disaster Centennial Anniversary, visit www.visitamador/argonaut100, or call Linda Gonzales at 209-304-0349.

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