Join us for the Karstendiek Tomb Reception!

karsfbPhoto credited to Stephanie Ryan Cameron.

 

Please join Save Our Cemeteries and Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club for a celebration of the upcoming restoration of the Karstendiek Family tomb in historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.

The Karstendiek Family tomb is also known as the “Vampire Lestat Tomb” because of the inspiration famed author Anne Rice drew from the tomb’s unique attributes and its striking resemblence to the tomb featured in the movie adaptation of Interview with the Vampire

The Karstendiek Family tomb is one of only16 cast-iron tombs in Orleans Parish and needs extensive repairs. Proceeds from the event will be earmarked for restoration of the tomb.

Patrons will participate in a Second Line led by Skinz N Bonez into the cemetery. A brief “twilight tour” of the cemetery is included, and light refreshments and red wine will be served

Tickets are $50 per person. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Reservations are required and limited to 100 patrons. Tickets may be purchased online: here.

We hope you will join us to celebrate and support the full restoration of this very special landmark!

Questions? Please email soc@saveourcemeteries.org. 

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SOC’s next “Tombs by Twilight” tour is Saturday, August 27th!

Tombs By Twilight Tour, St. Louis Cemetery #1

Photo credited to Sally Asher.

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, August 27th  at 6:30 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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15th Annual A Run Through History A Success!

Save Our Cemeteries would like to thank all those who participated in our 15th Annual A Run Through History, 1-mile and 5K run/walk this past Sunday, April 17th, 2016 in Metairie Cemetery. We would also like to thank everyone at New Orleans Running Systems, Inc. and Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home for helping to put it all together. Y’all made it a resounding success!

Here’s some video of the race from our friends at WWL-TV New Orleans, give it a watch…

 

Direct Link:
“Unique Course Takes Fundraiser Run Through A Cemetery” (WWL-TV New Orleans, April 17, 2016 – Broadcast Video – Online)

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FOX 8 New Orleans Interviews SOC About “A Run Through History”

Save Our Cemeteries Run - WVUE-TV / New Orleans FOX 8 interviews Development Director for Save Our Cemeteries, Mac Devaughn, to talk about the 15th annual "A Run Through History" event, and how it benefits the organization.

WVUE-TV / New Orleans FOX 8 interviews Development Director for Save Our Cemeteries, Mac Devaughn, to talk about the 15th annual “A Run Through History” event, and how it benefits our organization. Air-Date: 4/11/16.

View the whole interview here:
“Save Our Cemeteries Run” (WVUE-TV/FOX 8 – New Orleans, April 11, 2016)

The 15th Annual A Run Through History, a 1-mile and 5K run/walk benefiting Save Our Cemeteries, will be on Sunday, April 17th, 2016 in Metairie Cemetery.

For more information visit our A Run Through History 2016 page.
For more information and to register, please visit www.NOLArunning.com.

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Vote For SOC in Gulf Coast Bank’s Community Rewards!

Vote For Save Our Cemeteries in Gulf Coast Bank's Community Rewards

Please vote for Save Our Cemeteries in Gulf Coast Bank’s Community Rewards Program. Community Rewards voting will take place online from February 15, 2016 till March 15, 2016. Voting is limited to one vote per day per valid email address during the voting period. No purchase is necessary to vote or banking relationship required. Voting is open to all with a valid email address, except: employees of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co. Please vote for Save Our Cemeteries once per day to help us make the top 10 local non-profits, and support our restoration efforts!

Gulf Coast Bank’s Community Rewards Program is an online contest that rewards a total of $50,000 to the top 10 non-profit organizations voted on by the community. The funds will be awarded in one $25,000 gift, one $10,000 gift, one $5,000 gift, three $2,000 gifts and four $1,000 gifts. The program is open to any 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations located in any one of the following parishes: E. Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa.

Vote for Save Our Cemeteries daily at www.gulfbank.com/vote until March 15th.

Thank You!

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