Happy New Years!


Sending all our warmest wishes for a wonderful 2017!

Save Our Cemeteries offices will be closed Friday, December 30th, 2016 through Monday, January 2nd, 2017 in observance of the New Years holiday.

No tours will be conducted on New Years Day, January 1, 2017.

SOC Offices Closed December 23rd – December 26th, 2016.


Please note that Save Our Cemeteries offices will be closed on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 and Monday, December 26th, 2016, in observation of the Christmas holiday. We wish all of you a happy, and healthy holiday season, and look forward to connecting with you when our offices reopen on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016. Cheers!

SOC’s next “Tombs by Twilight” tour is Saturday, December 17th!

Twilight 1

Photo credited to Sally Asher.

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, December 17th at 4:00 PM – 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/

Volunteers Needed: Chalmette National Cemetery, December 17th


Wreaths Across America will once again honor troops buried at national cemeteries—including Chalmette National Cemetery—by placing evergreen wreaths at headstones on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Learn how you can help at the link (search for Chalmette National Cemetery or the national cemetery closest to you): http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/#join-us

Annual Membership Meeting: December 8, 2016


Please join the staff, Board of Directors, and fellow members for socialization and celebration of SOC’s accomplishments in 2016!

To be held Tuesday, December 8, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the

Lousiana Endowment for the Humanities
938 Lafayette Street, New Orleans, LA 70113

Members will vote on the new slate of board members and be presented with the Annual Report by the President of Save Our Cemeteries. An awards ceremony and the honoring of outgoing board members will follow.

Food and beverages will be provided.

For more information, call Save Our Cemeteries office at (504) 525 – 3377.