Join us for the Karstendiek Tomb Reception!

karsfbPhoto credited to Stephanie Ryan Cameron.

 

Please join Save Our Cemeteries and Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club for a celebration of the upcoming restoration of the Karstendiek Family tomb in historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.

The Karstendiek Family tomb is also known as the “Vampire Lestat Tomb” because of the inspiration famed author Anne Rice drew from the tomb’s unique attributes and its striking resemblence to the tomb featured in the movie adaptation of Interview with the Vampire

The Karstendiek Family tomb is one of only16 cast-iron tombs in Orleans Parish and needs extensive repairs. Proceeds from the event will be earmarked for restoration of the tomb.

Patrons will participate in a Second Line led by Skinz N Bonez into the cemetery. A brief “twilight tour” of the cemetery is included, and light refreshments and red wine will be served

Tickets are $50 per person. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Reservations are required and limited to 100 patrons. Tickets may be purchased online: here.

We hope you will join us to celebrate and support the full restoration of this very special landmark!

Questions? Please email soc@saveourcemeteries.org. 

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SOC’s next “Tombs by Twilight” tour is Saturday, September 24th!

Tombs By Twilight Tour, St. Louis Cemetery #1

Photo credited to Sally Asher.

Have you joined us for our “Tombs by Twilight” tour? Our next tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk will be conducted on Saturday, September 24th  at 6:00 PM – we hope you’ll join us!

Save Our Cemeteries has partnered with New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries to provide a unique walking tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This exclusive evening cemetery tour departs from Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar (RF’s) at the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel. After a guided tour of the cemetery, guests return to the hotel lounge for complimentary drinks, appetizers, and post-tour socializing.

Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just steps outside of the French Quarter at the corner of St. Louis and Basin Streets. It is the final resting place of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans, including Etienne de Bore, pioneer in sugar development; Daniel Clark, financial supporter of the American Revolution; Paul Morphy, world famous chess champion; and other local and national figures.

Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the supposed tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the magnificent tombs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish societies.

The oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs and traditions of New Orleans.

Save Our Cemeteries is the only non-profit in New Orleans that offers cemetery tours. A portion of the proceeds from your tour ticket price will go directly towards cemetery restoration in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

Tour is only available to persons 21 years of age and older. Ticket price is $45.00 per person, and advance reservations are required.

To make your reservation: www.saveourcemeteries.org/exclusive-tombs-by-twilight-tour/

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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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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 www.NOLArunning.com.

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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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