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Meet the pioneers who planted the roots that we now call home

Yuma Historical Society

The Yuma Historical Society will host its 20th Annual Dining with the Dead on Saturday, March 19

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - It's hard to imagine that once upon a time homes didn't have electricity or much less running water. And, air conditioning was nothing more than a fan you held in your hand.

Instead of reading about it in a book or searching the web, the Yuma Historical Society is offering a face-to-face. They're inviting us to meet the pioneers who laid the foundation for the world we know now.

Names like Pancrazi, Sanguenetti and Giss should all ring a bell. Those are just among some of the families that homesteaded in Yuma before it was even named Yuma.

On Saturday, March 19, the Yuma Historical Society will host its annual Dining with the Dead and experience unlike any other. Actors will portray those men and women that have long since passed.

Some of the actors know their characters all too well since their blood relatives. You will learn what life was like in the late 1800s and why they came to the west to plant roots.

Along with learning about our homesteaders, you will also learn about events that changed life in the Desert Southwest forever. Things like the flood that destroyed downtown, also one of the area's most destructive fires, told by Yuma Fire Department's Mike Erfert who will be portraying Yuma's first fire chief.

The event will be held at the Yuma Pioneer Cemetery at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $30. In true Dining with the Dead fashion, an early 1900s style dinner will be served.

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