Tablet Inventory Project: Call for Volunteers

Photo BY Judi Bottoni ©New Orleans Cemeteries 2008

On Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, we will be conducting a tablet inventory project within Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Volunteers will relocate “orphan tablets” to the sexton’s cottage within the cemetery. In addition to physically moving these fragile tablets we are also looking for volunteers willing to photograph and inventory them on-site. If you are a local digital photographer and are able to bring your camera out to volunteer please get in touch with us.

Volunteers should be detail orientated and comfortable working with fragile stone. We would love to have your help!

Please contact Heather ( in order to sign-up for this event.

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Karstendiek Tomb Restoration Update

front facade

We are pleased to announce that the restoration of the Karstendiek Tomb is well underway. Due to your support, Irish Channel Iron Works has been working with us in order to restore this very important example of cast iron tomb architecture. All of the major areas of rust have been treated and are in the final stages of being repaired. The areas of concern on the roof, where water was entering, is currently being addressed and a water-tight welded barrier is being built up in order to ensure against future water damage. Once all repairs are complete on the bodies of the four facades the decorative eternal flame cornice will be restored using infill of new casts made from the originals.

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Support Save Our Cemeteries for GiveNOLA Day 2017!


Support Save Our Cemeteries on GiveNOLA Day: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give generously to nonprofits making our region stronger, creating a thriving community for all.

By chosing to donate to Save Our Cemeteries, you’ll be supporting our mission to preserve, protect, and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy.


Read more about some of our recent restoration projects in New Orleans historic cemeteries:

Lafayette Cemetery No. 2
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Holt Cemetery

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Mardi Gras: SOC Office & Tour Schedule


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

A Run Through History 2016

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.


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

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

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

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.)

ON-LINE: Online registration Link posted on 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


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2017 All Saints Soiree