“Tombs by Twilight” Tour Featured In Clarion Herald

Save Our Cemeteries “Tombs by Twilight” tour is featured in an October 29, 2015 article by the Clarion Herald, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese Of New Orleans.

“’Tombs by Twilight’ is held the fourth Saturday of the month with the next tours set for Nov. 28 and Dec. 26 at 4 p.m. Advance reservation through Save Our Cemeteries is required. The tour is open to those 21 and older and includes a 75- to 90-minute tour, a tour pamphlet, hors d’oeuvres and a drink at the nearby Chateau LeMoyne Hotel’s Richard Fiske Martini Bar. The tour begins and ends at the hotel, where guides meet those with reservations. The Archdiocese of New Orleans receives no compensation from this tour.

“We tried to make it more elegant,” Walker said about the tour with an after party held at the hotel. “It’s been great. Some people hang out and talk for an hour after the tour.”

Walker, whose Save Our Cemeteries office overlooks the cemetery, said St. Louis No. 1 “is beautiful at night. And, with their dusk tour the only one in the cemetery, those who take it “feel more special. People are calling to see if there are cancellations.”

You can read the whole article here.

SOC’s Tony Paone To Be Interviewed on WGSO 990AM

SOC Tour-guide Antonino (Tony) Paone

Be sure to tune in and listen to WGSO 990 AM (New Orleans) this Saturday morning, October 31st at 9 am as radio host Paul Baricos interviews Save Our Cemeteries’ tour-guide Antonino (Tony) Paone on his show “All Things Local”.

The “All Things Local” radio show is aired on WGSO, 990 AM, every Saturday from 8 to 10am.

“All Things Local” is hosted and produced by Kevin Fitzwilliam, science teacher and co-founder of Hollygrove Market & Farm. The show focuses on the local economy, our natural resources, green/sustainable living and urban design, and the unique culture of New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana.

For more info: www.allthingslocalnola.info

UPDATE: In case you missed it, here’s the Podcast.

All Saints Day 2015 SOC Activities

Vaults of old St Louis Cemetery No. 1, All Saints DayVaults of old St Louis Cemetery No. 1, All Saints Day postcard, date unknown (public domain)


Have you made your plans for All Saints Day on November 1?

Here are the activities that we have planned for All Saints Day on Sunday, November 1st:

Information tables will be staffed at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 from from 10 am to 1 pm. We will also be selling Save Our Cemeteries merchandise with all proceeds going directly to our preservation and restoration efforts in New Orleans’ historic cemeteries.

All Saints Day Archdiocese Schedule 2015

Decorating the Tombs from Harper’s Weekly, 1885“Decorating the Tombs” from Harper’s Weekly, 1885 (public domain)


Archdiocese of New Orleans All Saints Day Mass and Blessings of the Graves – November 1, 2015.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans will be performing a special Mass and Blessings of the Graves in honor of the holiday.

All Saints Day Mass with Archbishop Gregory Aymond: 9 am at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church 3368 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, followed by the blessing of graves at St. Louis Cemetery #3.

Blessing of the Graves
St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, 3421 Esplanade Ave. – immediately following 9 am Mass
St. Vincent Cemeteries, 1950 Soniat St., New Orleans at 12:30 pm
St. Joseph Cemeteries, 2220 Washington Ave., New Orleans at 1:00 pm
St. Patrick Cemeteries, 143 City Park Ave., New Orleans at 2 pm
St. Louis 1, 425 Basin St., New Orleans at 2 pm
St. Louis No 2, 300 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans at 2:15 pm
St. Roch Cemetery, 1725 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans at 3 pm

All cemeteries will be open free of charge to residents of Louisiana on All Saints Day.

For more information about New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries, visit http://nolacatholiccemeteries.org.

Thank You! 2015 Soirée Is A Success!

Save Our Cemeteries would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s Soirée de la Société Internationale. Thank you to those who attended, donated your time and talent, and supported this event to make it a success! It was a wonderful evening at the Audubon Tea Room, with a fantastic silent auction.

Thank you to our partners, NACE New Orleans, and to the chairpersons in particular for your dedication and commitment. Most importantly thanks to all of our supporters who made September 9th’s fundraiser possible. The event and silent auction was a remarkable success! We hope y’all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did!

2015 Soirée de la Société Internationale 2015 Soirée de la Société Internationale, silent auction table