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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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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Save $3 Off Your Cemetery Tour In August!

Save $3 Off Your Cemetery Tour In August

Save $3 per ticket when you book your SOC tour online during the month of August*! Just enter Promo Code: SOCAUG16 at check out.

*Rules And Restrictions: Only valid for tickets purchased online through Save Our Cemeteries website www.SaveOurCemeteries.org. Not valid for phone bookings and walk-ups. Code applies for each ticket sold when a booking is made during the month of August (1st-31st) 2016 only. Promo codes are non-transferable. Code applies to tours of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemeteries Nos. 1 & 2 Combo Tour, and Tombs by Twilight tours. Other restrictions may apply.

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Call For Volunteers: Clean-Up in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

Photo BY Judi Bottoni  ©New Orleans Cemeteries 2008Photograph by Judi Bottoni

 

Event Date/Time: Saturday, April 2, 9 AM – 12 PM
Event Location: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, 1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Due to the heavy rainfall the week of March 12th, we have rescheduled the second phase of our clean-up in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 to April 2nd, 2016 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. If you are interested in participating, please forward your contact information (full name, preferred email address) to soc@saveourcemeteries.org.

Earlier this month, on March 5th, Save Our Cemeteries partnered with the Tulane TIDES program to volunteer in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. The project was overseen by Michelle Duhon, of the Restoration Committee, who described the event as a great success: “We broke up into 3 groups: the largest number of kids went through the cemetery cutting weeds and picking up trash. We put a few students on the roof of the wall vaults, cleaning up leaves and debris. I paired 3 students with one of my workers, and had them put a coat of limewash on the Fireman’s Tomb. They were very excited to get to mix and apply limewash!”

We look forward to continuing work in a different area of the cemetery with our volunteers in April, and hope you will consider joining us!

PRESS RELEASE: Save Our Cemeteries Calls For Volunteers For Cemetery Clean-up (March 17, 2016 – PDF)

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Volunteers Needed: Chalmette National Cemetery, December 17th
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