Save Our Cemeteries Announces “Mourning In Louisiana” Tour

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SAVE OUR CEMETERIES ANNOUNCES “MOURNING IN LOUISIANA” TOUR

SOC Partners With Louisiana Landmarks Society For Unique 19th Century Mourning And Interment Customs Tour

NEW ORLEANS, LA – September 9, 2015 – Save Our Cemeteries announced today that it has partnered with the Pitot House museum and Louisiana Landmarks Society to present a special tour on 19th century mourning and interment customs entitled “Mourning In Louisiana.” The tour will showcase both the historic Pitot House museum and St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, including a tour of burial customs and historic figures in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, along with a display of 19th century mourning attire and other period necro-artifacts and textiles from a private collection on loan to the Pitot House. Tours will be conducted 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm every Friday afternoon from October 16th through November 20th, 2015.

“We are excited to once again work with the Louisiana Landmarks Society on this special dual tour of the Pitot House and St. Louis Cemetery No. 3” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. Ms. Walker continues, “It will provide the public with an intriguing look at life during the 19th century with respect to death and funeral practices.”

Special Tour: Mourning In LouisianaLocated on historic Bayou St. John, the Pitot House is the only Creole colonial country house that is open to the public in New Orleans. It tells the story of life along the bayou since the earliest days of settlement. The Pitot House has had a variety of owners from prominent lawyers to austere nuns. One of the most prominent was James Pitot, the first mayor of New Orleans after the city’s incorporation who lived here from 1810-1819. The Pitot House is a National Trust for Historic Preservation Partner Place.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 is located near the end of Esplanade Avenue, near Bayou St. John. The cemetery had its beginnings in 1848 when an Act was passed by Legislature in March of that year under which the City Council privileged the Cathedral wardens to establish a new cemetery. It opened in 1854. The crypts on average are more elaborate than at the other St. Louis cemeteries, including a number of fine 19th century marble tombs. Those entombed include ragtime composer Paul Sarebresole, photographer E. J. Bellocq, and painter Ralston Crawford.

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
501 Basin Street, Suite 3C
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-3377
Email: director@saveourcemeteries.org
Website: www.SaveOurCemeteries.org

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More Info & Tour Bookings: www.saveourcemeteries.org/mourning-in-louisiana-tour/

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Save Our Cemeteries Announces “Tombs By Twilight” Tour

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SAVE OUR CEMETERIES ANNOUNCES “TOMBS BY TWILIGHT” TOUR

Non-profit To Provide Exclusive Evening Tour Of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

NEW ORLEANS, LA – September 1, 2015 – Save Our Cemeteries, in partnership with the Archdiocese of New Orleans, announced today that it will provide tourists and locals with a unique tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This special tour is exclusive only to Save Our Cemeteries, no other tour company has been granted access to the cemetery after normal cemetery hours. This special tour will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month starting September 26, 2015.

Exclusive: “Tombs by Twilight” TourThe special tour will include a complimentary refreshment, appetizer, gift, tour pamphlet and walking tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Proceeds from the tour will benefit continuing restoration and preservation efforts at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and will ensure the beautiful and iconic structures within are protected for generations to come.

“We wish to thank the Archdiocese of New Orleans for the opportunity and privilege in providing the public with a new and unique cemetery tour experience” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. Ms. Walker continues, “The proceeds from this special tour will go to help our ongoing and future preservation and restoration projects in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.”

Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just outside of the French Quarter at the corner of St. Louis & Basin Streets. It is the burial ground of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans. Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the tombs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish societies. Dramatically shown in the 1969 film, Easy Rider, the cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans. It is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs and traditions 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
Executive Director
Save Our Cemeteries
501 Basin Street, Suite 3C
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-3377
Email: director@saveourcemeteries.org
Website: www.SaveOurCemeteries.org

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More Info & Tour Bookings: www.saveourcemeteries.org/exclusive-tombs-by-twilight-tour/

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Save Our Cemeteries To Participate In Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service

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SAVE OUR CEMETERIES TO PARTICIPATE IN KATRINA 10 CITYWIDE DAY OF SERVICE

Non-profit To Perform Clean-up Of New Orleans’ Historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 2

NEW ORLEANS, LA – AUGUST 12, 2015 – Save Our Cemeteries announced today that it be participating in the Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s K10 Citywide Day of Service on Saturday, August 29, commemorating the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the city of New Orleans and the gulf coast. Save Our Cemeteries’ contribution to the event will be to conduct a clean-up of Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. SOC is seeking volunteers to help remove vegetation from in and around tombs and perform general clean-up operations.

Katrina 10 Citywide Day of Service“We are honoured to be able to participate in Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s and the city of New Orleans’ K10 Citywide Day of service,” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. “This day of service fits perfectly with our organization’s efforts to help preserve and protect our city’s historic cemeteries.” Ms. Walker continues, “We invite everyone who is willing to participate in our contribution to this event to join us on August 29th.”

For individuals or organizations who would like volunteer for the event can contact Save Our Cemeteries at 504-525-3377 or email SOC@SaveOurCemeteries.org. Volunteers can also sign-up through the city of New Orleans Katrina 10 website, Katrina10.org. Pre-registration is required.

The Citywide Day of Service will engage thousands of volunteers and focus service on seven specific regions of the City. Volunteers will support over 100 individual projects. The event is open to volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.

Historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, owned by the city of New Orleans, was founded in 1850. The cemetery is home to many diverse benevolent society tombs dating back to the 19th century, and is located in Central City at 2801 S. Saratoga Street, 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
Executive Director
Save Our Cemeteries
501 Basin Street, Suite 3C
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-3377
Email: director@saveourcemeteries.org
Website: www.SaveOurCemeteries.org

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Save Our Cemeteries Continues “Open Tombs” Project At Valence Street Cemetery

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SAVE OUR CEMETERIES CONTINUES “OPEN TOMBS” PROJECT AT VALENCE STREET CEMETERY

Non-profit Combats Vandalism At A Second Historic New Orleans Cemetery

NEW ORLEANS, LA – AUGUST 11, 2015 – In the wake of recent vandalism at yet another New Orleans cemetery, the Valence Street Cemetery, Save Our Cemeteries today announced that it will conduct repairs on 16+ open tombs at the historic uptown cemetery on Saturday, August 15th, starting at 8:30 am. SOC has again contracted with local masons to perform the repair work. Repairs at Valence Street Cemetery are the second phase of SOC’s “Open Tombs” project which started at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2. SOC recently finished repairs at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, closing and repairing over 22 tombs.

“What has been happening to our historic cemeteries in New Orleans has been shameful.” says Amanda Walker, Director at Save Our Cemeteries. “Breaking into these tombs is disrespectful,” Ms. Walker continues, “SOC is actively addressing the vandalism issues in our cemeteries; it’s our mission to close every open tomb that we can. We hope to continue our ‘Open Tombs’ project at other cemeteries around the city after our job is complete at Valence Street Cemetery.”

For individuals or organizations who would like to make a financial contribution to the “Open Tombs” project contact Save Our Cemeteries at 504-525-3377 or email at SOC@SaveOurCemeteries.org. Contributions can also be made through their website www.SaveOurCemeteries.org.

Valence Street Cemetery, located at 2000 Valence Street, between S. Saratoga and Danneel Streets in uptown New Orleans, was established in 1867. Once known as City Cemetery before the town of Jefferson City was annexed into New Orleans in 1870, the name was later changed to Valence Street Cemetery. GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 29.93060, Longitude: -90.10670.

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
Director
Save Our Cemeteries
501 Basin Street, Suite 3C
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-3377
Email: director@saveourcemeteries.org
Website: www.SaveOurCemeteries.org

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Save Our Cemeteries Undertakes “Open Tombs” Project At Lafayette Cemetery No. 2

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SAVE OUR CEMETERIES UNDERTAKES “OPEN TOMBS” PROJECT AT LAFAYETTE CEMETERY No. 2

Non-profit Combats Recent Vandalism at New Orleans’ Historic Central City Cemetery

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JULY 8, 2015– In the wake of recent vandalism at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 Save Our Cemeteries announced today that it will conduct repairs on several open tombs at the historic Central City cemetery on Sunday, July 12th, 2015 starting at 9 am. SOC has contracted 8 local masons to perform the repair work. A primary focus of Sunday’s repairs will be closing several vaults that were broken into, in the Young Men’s Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association tomb. SOC has received permission from the City of New Orleans and YMO, founded in 1884, to perform the much needed repairs.

“We are pleased to get this project rolling,” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. “Completing repairs at Lafayette #2 has been on our radar screen for some time now, and is of the utmost urgency because of the amount of vandalism that has occurred recently.” Ms. Walker continues, “Save Our Cemeteries would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Firemen’s Charitable & Benevolent Association for their significant contribution to this project. We hope to continue our ‘Open Tombs’ project at other cemeteries around the city after the tombs are closed in Lafayette No. 2.”

For individuals or organizations who would like to make a financial contribution to the “Open Tombs” project please contact Save Our Cemeteries at 504-525-3377 or email SOC@SaveOurCemeteries.org.

Historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, owned by the city of New Orleans, was founded in 1850. The cemetery is home to many diverse benevolent society tombs dating back to the 19th century. Benevolent societies historically served an important role in the community; very few remain active to this day, creating a need for other organizations and individuals to assist in cemetery upkeep and repairs. Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 is located at 2801 S. Saratoga Street in New Orleans and bounded by Washington Avenue, Sixth and Loyola Streets.

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
501 Basin Street, Suite 3C
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-3377
Email: director@saveourcemeteries.org
Website: www.SaveOurCemeteries.org

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