Volunteers visit cemeteries to construct a vast database of the dead

Mercury News – “There’s a deep chill where the dead sleep, but Debbie Peevyhouse is fearless as she wanders between tombstones at Mission City Memorial Park, documenting lives lost in Santa Clara Valley. With a digital camera, soft-bristled brush, pencil and note cards, she and other local “gravers” don’t feel haunted by their Halloween-like hobby. Rather, they are proud of their part in creating a vast database of the region’s forebears, before time erases all that is left: a name, two dates, perhaps an epitaph.”

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