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 Easter Weekend Schedule

2016 Easter Weekend Schedule

The archdiocese will close St. Louis Cemetery #1 early on Good Friday, March 25th, 2016 at 2:00 pm.

Save Our Cemeteries’ last tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 on Good Friday, March 25th, 2016 will be at 11:30 am due to the early closure of the cemetery by the archdiocese. There will be NO 1 pm tour.

There will be NO cemetery tours on Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016.

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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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For Immediate Release: Save Our Cemeteries To Clean-up Lafayette Cemetery #1

***Update: This event was cancelled due to heavy rain and flooding***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SAVE OUR CEMETERIES TO CLEAN-UP LAFAYETTE CEMETERY #1

Cemetery Preservation Organization Teams With The Industrial Asset Management Council To Beautify Historic Uptown Cemetery

NEW ORLEANS, LA – March 9, 2016 – Save Our Cemeteries announced today that it will be partnering with the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) to perform a clean-up of New Orleans’ historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 on Saturday, March 12th, 2016 from 8:30 am to 1 pm. The IMAC will be providing 50 volunteers to help Save Our Cemeteries complete a general clean-up of the cemetery grounds, including the removal of vegetation from tombs, which SOC started last weekend. SOC started the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 clean-up project on March 5th, with help from Bayou Preservation LLC and students from the Tulane University TIDES Program.

“We looking forward to completing our clean-up of Lafayette Cemetery No.1 this weekend” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. Ms. Walker continues, “And we would like to thank the IAMC, Bayou Preservation LLC and the Tulane University TIDES Program for their help with our efforts to keep Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 beautiful.”

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is located at 1416-1498 Washington Ave in New Orleans, LA, in the heart of the Garden District, between Washington, Sixth, Prytania, and Coliseum streets. Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest of the seven municipal, city-operated cemeteries in New Orleans.

About The IAMC
The Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) is a collegial member-focused organization devoted to world-class education, leadership development, and relationship building for industrial real estate professionals. The IAMC is the leading industrial real estate organization committed to implementing the best strategies for success in corporate operations through innovation and excellence. For more information on the IAMC, visit their website at www.iamc.org.

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, Executive Director
Save Our Cemeteries
1539 Jackson Avenue, Suite 415
New Orleans, LA 70130-5896
Phone: (504) 525-3377
Email: Director@SaveOurCemeteries.org
Website: www.SaveOurCemeteries.org

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Save Our Cemeteries To Clean-up Lafayette Cemetery #1 (March 9, 2016 – PDF)

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SOC Tour Makes The Huffington Post’s 5 Best Guided Cemetery Tours In America!

 St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 - Credit: Wally Gobetz / Flickr
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 – Credit: Wally Gobetz / Flickr

 

Save Our Cemeteries tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 makes The Huffington Post’s “5 Best Guided Cemetery Tours in America.” Our St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 tour came in at #3! Thanks y’all!

Read the whole article here:
“5 Best Guided Cemetery Tours in America” (The Huffington Post) Article originally dated 11/2/15.

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Memorial: SOC Founder Mary Louise Christovich passes away at age 89
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