St. Charles Streetcar Suspended Service June 1 – August 31, 2015


Note to tourists visiting New Orleans this summer. The Regional Transit Authority is suspending full service on the St. Charles streetcar line, from June 1st through August 31st. The Army Corps of Engineers will be ripping up streetcar tracks at three major intersections along St. Charles Avenue (Jefferson, Napoleon and Louisiana avenues) to continue installing major federal drainage canals. Streetcar service will be suspended between Jefferson and Louisiana avenues for 90 days. The RTA will run bus shuttles to fill the gap. If you plan on traveling uptown via the streetcar please take into account possible extra travel time and possible delays.

Please allow extra time for possible delays if you plan on taking the St. Charles streetcar uptown to take an SOC tour at Lafayette Cemetery #1, or if you plan on taking the Saint Charles streetcar from uptown to the St. Louis Cemeteries downtown.

For more info: Uptown traffic to worsen as canal work suspends St. Charles streetcars ( | The Times-Picayune)


St. Charles Streetcar Suspended Service Map, courtesy of | The Times-Picayune

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2015 TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence Award


Recognized As A Top Performing Cemetery Tour Operator As Reviewed By Travelers On The World’s Largest Travel Site

– Save Our Cemeteries today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

2015 TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality and quantity of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Save Our Cemeteries and we’d like to thank all of our patrons who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Amanda Walker, Director at Save Our Cemeteries. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. This accolade is an extraordinary vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to serving those that are interested in our historic cemeteries of New Orleans.”

About Save Our Cemeteries:
Save Our Cemeteries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in New Orleans, LA. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Amanda Walker
Save Our Cemeteries
501 Basin Street, Suite 3C
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-3377

2015 New Board Members

Michelle Stanard Duhon Michelle Stanard Duhon
Michelle is owner of Bayou Preservation, LLC, and has been working in historic preservation and materials conservation since 2007. She has a BA in History and Art History from the University of Georgia, and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas School of Architecture. Michelle has worked on a wide range of preservation projects from the famous Art Deco Fair Park complex in Dallas, TX, to a small baseball collection for the Louisiana State Museum. She specializes in plaster, paints and coatings, stone, and metals conservation. Michelle’s company recently gained international attention for completing restoration work on the Marie Laveau Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
David Hymel David Hymel
David is the founder and owner of Hymel & Ready, a New Orleans-based CPA firm and has assisted non-profit organizations in the areas of auditing, tax, and litigation support services. In October, he was named a 2014 “Money Maker” by New Orleans City Business. David grew up in Old Jefferson, and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Orleans. His love of New Orleans’ cemeteries began at an early age, through regular visits to the local cemeteries with his grandparents.
Sisi Coiron Lamothe Sisi Coiron Lamothe
Sisi grew up in an old, French–Creole New Orleans family with a history in Mardi Gras costume and formal dress, as well as architectural design. She is an artist whose work is heavily influenced by the traditions of the city. Her whimsical gold leaf, acrylic and sheet rock mud artwork is sold in select stores in the New Orleans area. Sisi and her husband Frank are long-time members of SOC, and have relatives buried in the historic cemeteries of New Orleans. Sisi grew up in the Garden District and attended Louise S McGehee School and received a BA Degree from the University of New Orleans. She currently resides in uptown New Orleans where she has her design studio and creates her works of art.
Kelley Mackenroth Kelley Mackenroth
Kelley is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A.); Loyola University New Orleans (M.S.), and Loyola University College of Law (J.D.). Mrs. Mackenroth is a practicing attorney-at-law who specializes in title and property-related issues, estate planning, and successions. Mrs. Mackenroth devotes her time to serving on various Boards and special event committees for a number of non-profits in New Orleans; she most recently served as the Restaurant Committee Co-Chair for Preservation Resource Center’s “Julia Jump” event. Formerly, Mrs. Mackenroth was a tour guide, a middle and high school teacher, and a Big Easy Rollergirl. In 2008, she was named one of Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40” for her contributions to the New Orleans Metropolitan region. Mrs. Mackenroth and her husband, D. Irwin, live in New Orleans with their three small children.
Courtney Payton Courtney Payton
Courtney is an attorney at BrownGreer PLC and a graduate of Loyola University School of Law. She is a licensed tour guide, with experience in grant-writing, public relations, and event planning. Courtney is an active member of the Krewe of Muses, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Audubon Insectarium, the Association of Women Attorneys, and the International Law Society. For the past four years, she has assisted SOC as a Restoration Volunteer Corps member, working primarily in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.
Jerry Pepper Jerry Pepper
Jerry is a New Orleans native dividing his time between residences in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Sarasota, FL; and his hobbies: helping raise his teenage daughter (she’s almost out of the nest), taking care of her puppy, mixology, reading, tennis and running. When not pursuing these endeavors he practices law, dabbles in Louisiana genealogy and history, and serves on numerous public and private boards just like this one.
Shanna Hudson-Stowe Shanna Hudson-Stowe
Shanna has more than 30 years of work experience in commodity and wholesale purchasing and merchandising, administration and nonprofit fundraising and management. Ms. Hudson-Stowe has worked for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation since March 2006. She has raised well over a million dollars in successful grants and donor solicitations over the course of her career. As Development Associate at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, she works to raise funds for the year-round activities of the and recently completed the capital campaign for the new George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Shanna also supervises volunteers at events and festivals. Ms. Hudson-Stowe received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stephens College, Columbia Missouri in 2003, and Masters of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2006.
Etienne Emile Skrabo
Etienne works as the Tour Development Manager at GrayLine, where he oversees the entire tour guide program and handles all P.R. for the company. When he is not busy coordinating, conducting or writing tours, Etienne spends his time leading the The Gentilly Civic Improvement Association as Executive Director. Prior to being recruited by Grayline, he owned and managed a Houston-based architecture firm, but decided to return to New Orleans 12 years after establishing the business. Upon his return, his love of architecture, history (and especially cemeteries), prompted him to earn his tour guide license through Delgado’s Tour Guide Training Program. Since becoming a member , Etienne has made it his mission to encourage other commercial tour companies, tourists, and locals alike to give back to the cemeteries by supporting Save Our Cemeteries.