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 Volunteers can also sign-up through the city of New Orleans Katrina 10 website, 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


Download Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries To Participate In Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service (August 12, 2015 – PDF)

Save The Date! 2015 Soirée de la Société Internationale

2015 Soirée de la Société Internationale invite (Click to enlarge)

2015 Soirée de la Société Internationale

Please join SOC for the 2015 Soirée de la Société Internationale, a Save Our Cemeteries fundraiser in partnership with the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) New Orleans, on Wednesday, September 9th 2015, from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT) at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA.

The evening event is inspired by New Orleans unique and historic society tombs, which will be reflected in an extraordinary four course wine pairing dinner highlighting the culture and cuisine brought to the city by its diverse immigrant population. The event will feature premier New Orleans chefs, a gala patron party and silent auction for an anticipated audience of approximately three hundred guests. Proceeds from the soiree will benefit the efforts of Save Our Cemeteries to ensure these beautiful iconic New Orleans landmarks are protected for generations to come.

Patron Party & Dinner Individual Ticket – $150.00/ticket.
Dinner (Only) Individual Tickets – $100.00/ticket.
Patron Party & Sponsor Level (Table of 10) – $2,000.

– Limited number of tickets available.
– Confirmation deadline: August 10, 2015.
– Cocktail attire required.

To make reservations for this year’s event, you may do so by sending a check to Save Our Cemeteries, 501 Basin Street #3C, New Orleans, LA 70112 or by purchasing your TICKETS ONLINE.

Download Forms:
2015 Soiree Donation Form (.pdf)
Corporate Sponsorship Form (.pdf)

Thank you masons, volunteers and donors!

We would like to to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the dedicated masons, volunteers and donors who made yesterday’s efforts (July 12th) to begin the “Open Tombs” project in Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 a success! You wouldn’t have known it by everyone’s positive attitudes, but these folks came out and endured this weekend’s incredible heat to make the first phase of this project possible. Ultimately, this is why we do the work that we do – to preserve and protect the cemeteries. We look forward to continuing on in Valence Cemetery after work has been completed in Lafayette No. 2!

If you would like to make a donation to our “Open Tombs” project, please click on this link to make a donation DONATE NOW! Thank You for your support!

2015 Annual Cemetery Tour and Seminar


2015 Annual Cemetery Tour and Seminar

Registration has officially opened for our revamped annual seminar, being held this year on Saturday, May 30th!

Click Here To Register

This year we are excited to announce that the format has changed from seminars past; you will be able to register for our seminar as either an all-day or afternoon-only event.

The all-day event (8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) will include a morning bus-tour of Metairie and Cypress Grove cemeteries, followed by lunch at Greenwood Cemetery and two fantastic lectures in the afternoon, at a cost of $50 per person. Bus reservations are limited to the first 25 individuals to register prior to May 22, 2015 – early registration is strongly encouraged.

For individuals interested in attending the afternoon session only (11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), we are pleased to offer admission at a reduced cost of $15. Boxed lunches will be available for an additional $10, with lunch beginning at 11:45am, and the first speaker beginning at 12:45pm.

As always, we are thrilled to have two amazing speakers joining us for the seminar:

Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Library at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, will be presenting first on family genealogical research: “Cemeteries and Obituaries is a big asset in family research”.

Deborah Burst, author of the recently published “Louisiana’s Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo,” will share her presentation: Discovering Feliciana Cemeteries: From Plantation Monarchs to Civil War Heroes.