Mardi Gras: SOC Office & Tour Schedule

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Please note: Save Our Cemeteries offices will be closed Monday, February 27th and Tuesday, February 28th 2017 in observance of Mardi Gras.

No tours will be offered on Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, February 28th 2017.

Wishing you have a safe & festive Carnival season!

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A Run Through History 2017

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The 16th Annual A Run Through History, a 1-mile and 5K run/walk benefiting Save Our Cemeteries, will be on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 in Metairie Cemetery. Registration is underway, so register today to guarantee a t-shirt and spot in the pack.

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The 1-mile and 5K courses lace through historic Metairie Cemetery, one of the most famous & historic cemeteries of the South. Established in 1872, the area was previously Metairie horse racetrack and is now a national landmark. The cemetery offers a picturesque tour of Louisiana’s history that includes the resting places of many past governors, mayors, military leaders and prominent men & women of the business, cultural, political and social life of New Orleans.

 

Additional registration options:
Register on the day of race ( Sunday, April 23rd) at the race site. Race day registration opens at 7:30 am. (inside Metairie Cemetery)
The cost to register is $35.00 for adults, and $25.00 for senior (65 & over) and youth (17 & under) entries.

DATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017

TIME:
7:30AM: Race Day Registration and packet pickup opens
8:30AM: Start of 1 Mile Run/Walk
9:00AM: Start of 5K Run/Walk

LOCATION:
Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, La. 70124
Directions and race location information: www.LakelawnMetairie.com
Course Map [.pdf]

ENTRY FEES:
Check or Credit Card: Check payable to : Save Our Cemeteries
$25.00 Pre-Registered by March 31st
$35.00 March 31st thru Day of race
$22.50 Family/Group Reservation (3 entry minimum)
$20.00 Youth or Senior Division Entry
$50.00 Benefactor Entry (This entry level​ entitles you to one commemorative piece of your choice, one race registration and t-shirt, and a Save Our Cemeteries t-shirt. These items can be picked up at the SOC booth on Race day – Sunday, April​ 23, 2017 or at the SOC office on a later date.)

HOW TO REGISTER:
ON-LINE: Online registration Link posted on www.NOLArunning.com or Online Registration Direct Link
BY MAIL TO: (Postmarked deadline is April 5th please)
Save Our Cemeteries, 1539 Jackson Avenue, Suit 415, New Orleans LA 70130

FOR PRINTABLE FORMS AND COURSE MAPS: Click Here

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SOC’s next “Tombs by Twilight” tour is Saturday, February 18th!

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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, February 18th at 5:00PM – 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 us for our February 9th lecture!

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“The Underworld Above Ground: The graves of the infamous, nefarious, and notorious of New Orleans.”

Writer and photographer Sally Asher will discuss some of New Orleans’ infamous characters and reveal their forgotten stories and where they are buried. Asher’s lecture will be punctuated by dramatic readings of historical sources by Kerry Cahill and Andrew Ward.

Join us on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 6:30pm.
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard.

This event is free, and open to the public.

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The Chinese Tomb at Cypress Grove

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Join us for our January lecture! The Chinese Tomb at Cypress Grove Cemetery was built in July of 1904 by the Chinese community in New Orleans. It is also known as the Soon On Tong Vault, the Chinese Mausoleum, and the Chinese Cemetery.

Presenter Winston Ho will discuss the arrival of the first Chinese settlers to Louisiana, the construction and history of the tomb, Chinese burial customs, other Chinese tombs in the city, and the Chinese community in New Orleans today.

This lecture is free and open to the public. To be held Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 6:30pm at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard.

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