Archives for May 2017

Afternoon Tours in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 starting June 1st!

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We’re excited to share that beginning June 1, 2017, we will be offering tours in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 at 1:00 pm daily, in addition to our 10:30 am tours.

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is located in the historic Garden District of New Orleans. It is among the city’s earliest and most significant above-ground burial sites. Once part of the Livaudais Plantation, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 was designated a city burial site in 1833, and has been in continuous use since.

Distinguished by its intersecting avenues designed to accommodate funeral processions, it was the City’s first planned cemetery. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places by virtue of its significant history, location, and architectural importance, it retains its original size and configuration, and contains a variety of tomb types and styles.

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Tablet Inventory Project: Call for Volunteers

Photo BY Judi Bottoni ©New Orleans Cemeteries 2008

On Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, we will be conducting a tablet inventory project within Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Volunteers will relocate “orphan tablets” to the sexton’s cottage within the cemetery. In addition to physically moving these fragile tablets we are also looking for volunteers willing to photograph and inventory them on-site. If you are a local digital photographer and are able to bring your camera out to volunteer please get in touch with us.

Volunteers should be detail orientated and comfortable working with fragile stone. We would love to have your help!

Please contact Heather (hveneziano@saveourcemeteries.org) in order to sign-up for this event.

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Karstendiek Tomb Restoration Update

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We are pleased to announce that the restoration of the Karstendiek Tomb is well underway. Due to your support, Irish Channel Iron Works has been working with us in order to restore this very important example of cast iron tomb architecture. All of the major areas of rust have been treated and are in the final stages of being repaired. The areas of concern on the roof, where water was entering, is currently being addressed and a water-tight welded barrier is being built up in order to ensure against future water damage. Once all repairs are complete on the bodies of the four facades the decorative eternal flame cornice will be restored using infill of new casts made from the originals.

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SOC’s Next “Tombs by Twilight” Tour is Saturday, November 18th

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Have you joined us for our “Tombs by Twilight” tour? Our next tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk will be conducted on Saturday, November 18th at 4:00 PM – we hope you’ll join us!

Save Our Cemeteries has partnered with New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries to provide a unique walking tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This exclusive evening cemetery tour departs from Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar (RF’s) at the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel. After a guided tour of the cemetery, guests return to the hotel lounge for complimentary drinks, appetizers, and post-tour socializing.

Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just steps outside of the French Quarter at the corner of St. Louis and Basin Streets. It is the final resting place of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans, including Etienne de Bore, pioneer in sugar development; Daniel Clark, financial supporter of the American Revolution; Paul Morphy, world famous chess champion; and other local and national figures.

Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the supposed tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the magnificent tombs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish societies.

The oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs and traditions of New Orleans.

Save Our Cemeteries is the only non-profit in New Orleans that offers cemetery tours. A portion of the proceeds from your tour ticket price will go directly towards cemetery restoration in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

Tour is only available to persons 21 years of age and older. Ticket price is $45.00 per person, and advance reservations are required.

To make your reservation: www.saveourcemeteries.org/exclusive-tombs-by-twilight-tour/

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Support Save Our Cemeteries for GiveNOLA Day 2017!

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Support Save Our Cemeteries on GiveNOLA Day: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give generously to nonprofits making our region stronger, creating a thriving community for all.

By chosing to donate to Save Our Cemeteries, you’ll be supporting our mission to preserve, protect, and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy.

DONATE HERE!

Read more about some of our recent restoration projects in New Orleans historic cemeteries:

Lafayette Cemetery No. 2
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Holt Cemetery

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