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!

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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.

Register now for the Run Through History

The Annual Run Through History, a 1-mile and 5K run/walk benefiting Save Our Cemeteries, will be on April 19th, 2015 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.

For more information, or to register, please visit www.nolarunning.com.

2015 New Board Members

Michelle Stanard Duhon Michelle Stanard Duhon
Michelle is owner of Bayou Preservation, LLC, and has been working in historic preservation and materials conservation since 2007. She has a BA in History and Art History from the University of Georgia, and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas School of Architecture. Michelle has worked on a wide range of preservation projects from the famous Art Deco Fair Park complex in Dallas, TX, to a small baseball collection for the Louisiana State Museum. She specializes in plaster, paints and coatings, stone, and metals conservation. Michelle’s company recently gained international attention for completing restoration work on the Marie Laveau Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
David Hymel David Hymel
David is the founder and owner of Hymel & Ready, a New Orleans-based CPA firm and has assisted non-profit organizations in the areas of auditing, tax, and litigation support services. In October, he was named a 2014 “Money Maker” by New Orleans City Business. David grew up in Old Jefferson, and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Orleans. His love of New Orleans’ cemeteries began at an early age, through regular visits to the local cemeteries with his grandparents.
Sisi Coiron Lamothe Sisi Coiron Lamothe
Sisi grew up in an old, French–Creole New Orleans family with a history in Mardi Gras costume and formal dress, as well as architectural design. She is an artist whose work is heavily influenced by the traditions of the city. Her whimsical gold leaf, acrylic and sheet rock mud artwork is sold in select stores in the New Orleans area. Sisi and her husband Frank are long-time members of SOC, and have relatives buried in the historic cemeteries of New Orleans. Sisi grew up in the Garden District and attended Louise S McGehee School and received a BA Degree from the University of New Orleans. She currently resides in uptown New Orleans where she has her design studio and creates her works of art.
Kelley Mackenroth Kelley Mackenroth
Kelley is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A.); Loyola University New Orleans (M.S.), and Loyola University College of Law (J.D.). Mrs. Mackenroth is a practicing attorney-at-law who specializes in title and property-related issues, estate planning, and successions. Mrs. Mackenroth devotes her time to serving on various Boards and special event committees for a number of non-profits in New Orleans; she most recently served as the Restaurant Committee Co-Chair for Preservation Resource Center’s “Julia Jump” event. Formerly, Mrs. Mackenroth was a tour guide, a middle and high school teacher, and a Big Easy Rollergirl. In 2008, she was named one of Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40” for her contributions to the New Orleans Metropolitan region. Mrs. Mackenroth and her husband, D. Irwin, live in New Orleans with their three small children.
Courtney Payton Courtney Payton
Courtney is an attorney at BrownGreer PLC and a graduate of Loyola University School of Law. She is a licensed tour guide, with experience in grant-writing, public relations, and event planning. Courtney is an active member of the Krewe of Muses, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Audubon Insectarium, the Association of Women Attorneys, and the International Law Society. For the past four years, she has assisted SOC as a Restoration Volunteer Corps member, working primarily in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.
Jerry Pepper Jerry Pepper
Jerry is a New Orleans native dividing his time between residences in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Sarasota, FL; and his hobbies: helping raise his teenage daughter (she’s almost out of the nest), taking care of her puppy, mixology, reading, tennis and running. When not pursuing these endeavors he practices law, dabbles in Louisiana genealogy and history, and serves on numerous public and private boards just like this one.
Shanna Hudson-Stowe Shanna Hudson-Stowe
Shanna has more than 30 years of work experience in commodity and wholesale purchasing and merchandising, administration and nonprofit fundraising and management. Ms. Hudson-Stowe has worked for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation since March 2006. She has raised well over a million dollars in successful grants and donor solicitations over the course of her career. As Development Associate at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, she works to raise funds for the year-round activities of the and recently completed the capital campaign for the new George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Shanna also supervises volunteers at events and festivals. Ms. Hudson-Stowe received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stephens College, Columbia Missouri in 2003, and Masters of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2006.
Etienne Emile Skrabo
Etienne works as the Tour Development Manager at GrayLine, where he oversees the entire tour guide program and handles all P.R. for the company. When he is not busy coordinating, conducting or writing tours, Etienne spends his time leading the The Gentilly Civic Improvement Association as Executive Director. Prior to being recruited by Grayline, he owned and managed a Houston-based architecture firm, but decided to return to New Orleans 12 years after establishing the business. Upon his return, his love of architecture, history (and especially cemeteries), prompted him to earn his tour guide license through Delgado’s Tour Guide Training Program. Since becoming a member , Etienne has made it his mission to encourage other commercial tour companies, tourists, and locals alike to give back to the cemeteries by supporting Save Our Cemeteries.

Tour St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 on All Saints Day

Looking for something special to do for All Saints Day? Spend the early morning taking care of your family’s tomb, and then join us for a tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. The tour will begin on November 1, 2014, at 10:00am.

Tickets for the tour are $15 for SOC members & $18 for non-members and reservations are required. To RSVP, please call 504-525-3377.

Security on Sundays in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2

Save Our Cemeteries and the Archdiocese of New Orleans are pleased to announce that security will be provided every Sunday from 8:00am – 12:00pm for interested historians, genealogists, cemetery buffs and family members to visit St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, bounded by Claiborne, Robertson, St. Louis and Iberville Streets.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 was established in 1823 and is located in the Faubourg Treme neighborhood, three blocks behind St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. It is the largest early Creole cemetery in New Orleans, covering three city blocks.

The cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places and was listed on the 2010 World Monument Funds “Watch List” of most endangered cultural sites because the site is threatened by neglect, vandalism, theft and natural disaster.