Join SOC for our Annual Seminar!

SL3Photo credited to photographer Emily Newman.

Join Save Our Cemeteries for our Annual Seminar on July 16th, 2016. Guests interested in joining SOC for the full-day will enjoy guided tours of St. Louis No. 3, Metairie and Cypress Grove Cemeteries (transportation between cemeteries will be provided via bus), before the afternoon lecture sessions commence. Sally Asher, author of Stories from the Cemeteries of New Orleans and Hope & New Orleans: A History of the Crescent City, and published photographer, will present on the history of cremation. Mr. Jerry Schoen will follow with his discussion of cremation in present day New Orleans.

Full day registration will cost $60, and includes the cost of lunch. For guests only interested in attending the afternoon lectures, registration costs are reduced to $10. Afternoon guests may also order lunch for an additional cost of $10. A variety of sandwich options will be available to select from, catered by the Honey Baked Ham Company.

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2016 SOC Lecture Series: Beautiful, Historic and Unique Metairie Cemetery

Metairie Cemetery Tombs - Photo by Andreas Kalimeris, 2008Metairie Cemetery Tombs, New Orleans. Photograph by Andreas Kalimeris, 2008

 

The 2016 Save Our Cemeteries lecture series continues with our second lecture on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm, with a presentation by Lake Lawn Metairie’s Community Outreach Director, Jerry Schoen at Lake Lawn Funeral Home.

Schoen’s presentation, entitled “Beautiful, Historic and Unique Metairie Cemetery” will spotlight New Orleans’ Metairie Cemetery, both its past and present. In 2003, Metairie Cemetery was named by Forbes.com as one of the ten best cemeteries due to its unique historical significance and beauty. Metairie Cemetery was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Light refreshments will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Location:
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
(504) 486-6331
www.lakelawnmetairie.com

About Lecturer Jerry Schoen:

Gerard L. “Jerry” Schoen III is a fifth generation funeral director who began his career at the age 12 at the New Orleans funeral home his family established in 1874. In 1979, Jerry began his career at the newly completed funeral home, Lake Lawn Metairie. Since then, he has worked in virtually every position at the funeral home and has been a licensed director there for 37 years. He currently represents Lake Lawn Metairie as Community Outreach Director. Jerry has served as President of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, is a current member of the National Funeral Directors Association and holds a Board position with Save Our Cemeteries, Fireman’s Charitable and Benevolent Association, and the Funeral Service Foundation Endowment Board.

Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Announces Second Lecture Of 2016 (April 5, 2016 – PDF)

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2016 SOC Lecture Series: New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy

New Orleans - Life and Death in the Big Easy by Cheryl Gerber

The 2016 Save Our Cemeteries lecture series will begin with our first lecture on February, 25, 2016 at 6:30pm, with a lecture by Cheryl Gerber at Lake Lawn Funeral Home. This event is free and open to the public.

Gerber’s lecture will focus on death rituals and burial customs in New Orleans, which is the focus of her recently published book: New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy.

Light refreshments and a book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy will be available for purchase.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Location:
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
(504) 486-6331
www.lakelawnmetairie.com

About the Book:

New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy uses photo juxtaposition to portray New Orleans culture–its contrasts, dichotomies, and social ironies, the things that make the city so richly diverse and distinctive–as seen through the lens of photojournalist Cheryl Gerber.

The book opens with Gerber’s shots of her hometown’s local color, showing how everyday New Orleanians live and how they celebrate life through Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, second lines, and more. The images then take a more serious turn as they depict the inequalities that sometimes make living in New Orleans so difficult. The book closes with photos depicting the way New Orleanians observe, mourn, and celebrate death. Besides images of jazz funerals, the photos include vigils for slain rapper Magnolia Shorty and Archbishop Philip Hannan, among others.

New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy is a visual insider’s tour of modern New Orleans and its people.

About the Author:

Cheryl Gerber is a freelance journalist and documentary photographer working in New Orleans, where she was born. In 1992, she began working for Michael P. Smith, who nurtured her desire to document daily life in New Orleans. Today, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times, the Associated Press, and New Orleans Magazine, and has been staff photographer for Gambit Weekly since 1994. During the past two decades, Cheryl has won several awards from the New Orleans Press Club for her work on social issues and news photography.

Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Announces First Lecture Of 2016 (February 11, 2016 – PDF)

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SOC Final Lecture Of 2015 Series On November 10, 2015

Join us for Save Our Cemeteries’ final lecture of our 2015 series, “Taken to the Grave: Lesser Known Tombs in the St. Louis Cemeteries” a lecture by Sally Asher, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans, by Sally Asher Sally Asher is a skilled researcher and gifted fine-arts photographer. Her work has appeared in many local, national, and international media outlets, including, but not limited to Newsweek, U.S. World News, and New Orleans Magazine. She has been the public relations photographer for Tulane University since 2008.

Ms. Asher is blessed with a natural talent for writing which has been honed to perfection through her studies at Loyola and Tulane Universities. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University with a degree in English and received the Department of English award of Excellence in Writing. In 2011, she graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a Masters in English. She is the author of numerous publications, including her recent book, “Hope and New Orleans: a History of Crescent City Street Names”, published in 2014.

Ms. Asher will also have a book signing for her just released book, “Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans” immediately following her lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Information:
Cost: FREE
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Beginning at 6:30pm
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home (MAP)
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
504-486-6331
www.lakelawnmetairie.com

PRESS RELEASE: Save Our Cemeteries Announces Final Lecture Of 2015 Series (November 4, 2015 – PDF)

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