Special Tour of the Canal Street Cemeteries

There are a few spots still available on the special tour of the Canal Street cemeteries.

On Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 10:00am, we’ll be weaving our way through Odd Fellows Rest, Cypress Grove, St. Patrick No. 2, and the Katrina Memorial. You’ll also learn about Greenwood Cemetery, where the Firemen’s Charitable & Benevolent Society are in the process of stabilizing the leaning Firemen’s Monument.

Tickets are $15 for SOC members, and $18 for non-members. Reservations are required, so please contact 504-525-3377 to reserve your spot.

Lecture on North & South Louisiana Cemeteries

A Study in Necrogeography: North & South Louisiana Cemeteries
Tuesday, October 18 at 6:00pm
Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library
310 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, Louisiana

Southeastern Louisiana University instructor (and friend of Save Our Cemeteries) Gerald McNeill will discuss the similarities and differences of north and south Louisiana cemeteries during this 2-hour lecture.

He’ll use the study of necrogeography, or “the geography of the dead,” which includes cultural and historic geographical studies of burial practices. The subject includes the settlement of Louisiana, the religious differences and the material cultural elements left on the cemetery landscape, and care of the cemetery landscape by the living.

The lecture is free, however registration is recommended. Please call 985-893-6280 to RSVP.

A Run Through History

Metairie Cemetery used to be a racetrack and is a fitting site for Save Our Cemeteries’ annual 1-mile and 5K run/walk.

The 10th Annual Run Through History will be on November 13, 2011. All proceeds benefit the restoration, education and advocacy work of Save Our Cemeteries, and it’s a great opportunity to see the beautiful & historic tombs of Metairie Cemetery.

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

Tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 2

Save Our Cemeteries is offering a special, rare tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 on November 1, 2011, at 10:00am.

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 contains one of the finest collections of antebellum mortuary art in the South and is the final resting place for significant jazz musicians, local war heroes, and even a notorious pirate.

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

All Saint’s Day Activities

The wall vaults at St. Roch Cemetery
Have you made your plans for All Saints Day on November 1?

Security will be provided in Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 and St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 from 9am-12pm.

Information tables will be staffed at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 from 9am-12pm.

There will be a special tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 at 10:00am. Tickets are $15 for SOC members and $18 for non-members, and reservations are required. To attend the tour, please RSVP to 504-525-3377.

Volunteers will be cleaning, priming & painting historic ironwork throughout St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 from 10am-12noon. To participate, email membership@saveourcemeteries.org or call 504-525-3377.