Memorial: SOC Founder Mary Louise Christovich passes away at age 89

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Mary Louise Mossy Christovich, Founder of Save Our Cemeteries

1928-2017

Dear Save Our Cemeteries Supporters and Friends:

It is with a heavy heart that SOC announces the passing of our wonderful and accomplished founder, Mary Louise Christovich.

Mrs. Christovich long exemplified an extraordinary level of commitment to historic preservation.  In 1974, a plan was introduced to demolish the fragile and crumbling wall vaults surrounding St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Mrs. Christovich’s passion and love for the history and architecture of our local cemeteries motivated her to form a group of like-minded citizens to advocate against the proposal. After a long and hard battle, these wall vaults were not only saved, her newly formed organization, Save Our Cemeteries, raised the funds to stabilize and restore them.

Her group soon realized the need to preserve and protect all of New Orleans’ historic cemeteries and today, Save Our Cemeteries remains the only non-profit organization in the city solely dedicated the preservation, promotion, and protection of the historic cemeteries of New Orleans.

Mrs. Christovich was not only a preservation advocate, she was an educator, philanthropist, and author of six publications focusing on historic architecture in New Orleans. Her most recent publication Garden Legacy is a beautifully written and visually stunning account of the history of the French-American tradition of landscape design and horticultural study.

She also served as a board member and volunteer for many local community groups and non-profits, including The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, Friends of the Cabildo, the Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carre, the Central Business District Improvement Association, Louisiana Landmarks Society, and Preservation Resource Center.

Mrs. Christovich’s achievements are numerous. She was a treasure to the people of New Orleans and all of Louisiana, and an inspiration and great mentor to me during my time here at Save Our Cemeteries. The Board, staff, and I are fortunate and honored to continue on with her good work.

We shall miss you dearly, Mary Lou.

Sincerely,
Amanda Walker, Executive Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 & the Board and Staff at Save Our Cemeteries

A memorial ceremony for Mrs. Christovich will take place on Wednesday, January 3, 2017, at noon, at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, in the French Quarter.

 

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Karstendiek Tomb Restoration is Near Completion!

KarstendiekBeforeDuringAfter

Save Our Cemeteries contracted Irish Channel Iron Works to begin the work on the tomb approximately one year ago. We are so excited to see how far it’s come and how beautiful the tomb now looks!

Although it is one of many unique tombs that occupy Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in Uptown New Orleans, the Karstendeik tomb is a particular treasure because it is the only cast iron tomb in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, and one of only 16 in all of Orleans Parish. The tomb is also popularly known as the “Vampire Lestat Tomb” because of its striking resemblance to the tomb prop featured in the film adaption of famed author Anne Rice’s novel Interview with the Vampire.

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Thank You Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 Restoration Volunteers!

Photo ©  Judi Bottoni New Orleans Cemeteries 2008
Photo © Judi Bottoni

We would like to extend our thanks to our hardworking volunteers for their assistance at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 this past Sunday, September 25th. We appreciate your service, and your dedication in helping to remove invasive species and vegetative growth!

The second phase of our clean-up in Squares 3 and 4 of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 will be on Monday, October 24th, 2016 from 9:00am until 12:00pm. No special skills are needed to join us, but plan to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for potentially messy, outside work. We will supply gloves, hand tools and other cleaning materials and supplies.

If you are interested in volunteering for this clean-up, please email your contact information to stephanie@saveourcemeteries.org.

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Upcoming Cemetery Clean-Ups: Call for Volunteers

Photo BY Judi Bottoni ©New Orleans Cemeteries 2008

Photo © Judy Bottoni

Come join Save Our Cemeteries on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 and Monday October 2, 2016, and help make a difference in the community! We will be conducting clean-ups in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 on both dates from 9:00am until 12:00pm, with the goal of making significant strides clipping ferns and invasive vegetation, and removing trash from the cemetery – but we can’t do it without help.

No special skills are needed to join us, but plan to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for potentially messy, outside work. We will supply gloves, hand tools and other cleaning materials and supplies.

If you are interested in volunteering for this clean-up, please email your contact information to stephanie@saveourcemeteries.org.

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2015 Cemetery Holiday Schedule

Vaults In Old St. Louis Cemetery, postcard

Save Our Cemeteries:

Save Our Cemeteries offices will be closed November 26th through 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. No tours will be conducted on Thanksgiving day, November 26, 2015.

There will be no 1 pm tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th, due to early closure of the cemetery.

Save Our Cemeteries offices will be closed December 24th through 27th in observance of the Christmas holiday. No tours will be conducted on Christmas day, December 25, 2015.

Save Our Cemeteries offices will be closed December 31st through January 3, 2016 in observance of the New Years holiday. No tours will be conducted on New Years Day, January 1, 2016.

New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries:

St. Louis Cemetery #1 will be closed Thanksgiving day (November 26th) and Christmas day (December 25th). All other New Orleans Catholic cemeteries will be open.

St. Louis Cemetery #1 will close at 1:00 pm on Christmas Eve (December 24th).

A special “In Memory” Christmas tree will be in St. Patrick Cemetery #3 during December. The Christmas tree will be located near the St. Patrick statue by the front gate on City Park Avenue. Everyone is welcomed to place a special ornament on the tree in Memory of a loved one (weather proof ornaments). Ornaments will be available in the St. Patrick Cemetery office – 143 City Park Avenue.

For more information:
www.NolaCatholicCemeteries.org

New Orleans City Cemeteries:

All New Orleans city cemeteries will be closed Thanksgiving day (November 26th) and Christmas day (December 25th).

For more information:
504-658-3781

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