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/

Download Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Announces “Mourning In Louisiana” Tour (September 9, 2015 – PDF)

Download: Mourning In Louisiana Tour Flyer (PDF)

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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/

Download Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Announces “Tombs By Twilight” Tour (September 1, 2015 – PDF)

Download: Tombs By Twilight Tour Flyer (PDF)

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Thank You Volunteers Who Participated In Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service

Save Our Cemeteries would like to thank all our volunteers that came out this past Saturday, August 29th to help clean-up Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 for the Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service. Great job everyone! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Mizado Cocina “Giveback Day Event” benefits SOC!

Mizado Cocina "Giveback Day Event" - Click for larger view

Every Tuesday in September, Save Our Cemeteries is partnering with local restaurant Mizado Cocina for their “Giveback Day Event”! With each flyer presented or for every table that mentions Save Our Cemeteries on Tuesdays in September (for lunch, dinner or take-out), Mizado will donate 15% of all of sales to SOC. Help support Save Our Cemeteries by enjoying an incredible meal!

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Video Report: Open tombs in Uptown cemetery now fixed

Thanks to Kenny Lopez and our friends at WGNO-TV for this video news report about our efforts this past weekend (August 16th) to close 16 open tombs at the Valence Street Cemetery in uptown New Orleans, all but 3 have been closed with the last 3 being finished in the next few days. Thanks to all our masons, volunteers and donors who support our continuing “Open Tombs” project.

Open tombs in Uptown cemetery now fixed (WGNO-TV video) [Click to Open]  Click on image to play video              (Video courtesy of WGNO-TV)

Donations of any amount are always helpful and greatly appreciated. Contributions to the “Open Tombs” project can be made by sending a check to Save Our Cemeteries at: 501 Basin Street, Suite 3C, New Orleans LA 70112. They can be also made online at the following link: https://saveourcemeteries.ejoinme.org/?tabid=319869

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.

Airdate: 8/16/15

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