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.

To make your reservation: Book Now!

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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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Volunteers Needed For A Run Through History Run/Walk

We are in need of a few volunteers to assist with hospitality at the 15th Annual A Run Through History, 1-mile and 5K run/walk, this Sunday morning, April 17th, 2016. Volunteers should plan to arrive between 7:30 and 8:00 am. Anyone interested in volunteering should sign up with Linda Hof at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. Her email address is Thank You!

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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

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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 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

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
(504) 486-6331

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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