The Graves of August Flyer 

THE GRAVES OF AUGUST: LAUREL HILL'S ROLE in the GREAT WAR 100 YEARS LATER

 

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated by Serbian Nationalist Gavrilo Princip. What followed was a war the likes of which the world had never seen nor imagined. Called The Great War, for few could ever fathom a second one like it at the time; it sent young men to the muddy trenches from the far as Rissington, New Zealand to as near as 125 Mifflin Street in Philadelphia. Join us as we commemorate the outbreak of the war that changed technology, culture, warfare and the world. We will visit the graves of the soldiers who sacrificed their youth, years, and in many cases their lives, to bring the world back from the brink of utter chaos and destruction.

 

The tour will take place on Saturday, August 2 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $12/person; or $10/students and seniors. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

Guide: Mike Lewandowski and Russ Dodge

 

 

 
 


 
 Streets of Philadelphia Flyer
THE STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA: PHILLY STREETS FOLLOWED BY PHILLY TREATS

 

Philadelphia’s streets are as varied as her residents. Whether big and busy boulevards, quiet tree-lined lanes, or gray back alleys with asphalt as weathered as the old brick row homes that line them, each of our city’s streets bears a story all its own. Many of those stories end at the same figurative stop sign, however. From Shippen Lane to Gratz Street, Rittenhouse Square to Wayne Avenue, their namesake and extended family origins now rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Join us on this twilight trip through Laurel Hill – Philadelphia’s ultimate dead end – to learn more about how the roads upon which we live and travel earned their place on the map.

 

The tour will take place on Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $20/person; or $18/students and seniors. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

Guide: Pete Hoskins

 

 
 


 
Hearse & Professional Vehicle Show Flyer 
6th ANNUAL HEARSE AND PROFESSIONAL VEHICLE SHOW 

PRESENTED BY MOHNTON PROFESSIONAL CAR CLUB

Mohnton Professional Car Club (MPCC) welcomes owners of any and all hearses, ambulances, flower cars, limousines and other service vehicles to participate in its 6th Annual Service Car and Hearse Show to appropriately take place on the grounds of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Join an eclectic collection of rare cars that include FYNLRYD, a 1947 modified Pontiac Superior, which is believed to be one of just two known street rod hearses on the East Coast! Country music band, Friends with Murder (http://www.stereokiller.com/friendswithmurder), and high energy Hard Rock power trio, Somebody’s Circus (https://www.facebook.com/SomebodysCircus) will provide festive entertainment. Bring your cameras, as this will be a Car Show unlike any other!

 

MPCC’s 6th Annual Hearse and Professional Vehicle Show will take place on Saturday, August 9 at 10:00am, rain or shine. Vehicles will be on display until 4:00pm. Refreshments will be available. Visitors can enter through Laurel Hill’s Gatehouse at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

Admission to the event is FREE and open to the public. For additional information, phone (215) 228-8200 or visit us online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Visit the MPCC Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mohntonprocars.

 

If you are the owner of a professional car, contact Shawn Koenig, MPCC President at MPCC08@live.com, or Russ Slegel at FYNLRYD@who2c.com to register your vehicle(s). 

 

 
 


 
Yoga in the Cemetery
YOGA IN THE CEMETERY
 

Find inner tranquility and balance during this one-hour yoga session amongst the peaceful backdrop of Laurel Hill Cemetery. The session will be led by experienced yoga instructor, Emily Golomb. Emily draws from Iyengar and Ashtanga styles and has created her own unique program that enhances alignment, strength and balance. Students are encouraged to form a deeper connection with their minds and bodies, whether they are new to yoga or have been practicing for years. Emily has been practicing yoga for nine years and currently teaches at Studio 1831 and Philly Dance Fitness. Yoga in the Cemetery will conclude with light refreshments. Please bring your own mat. All levels of experience are welcome. Yoga in the Cemetery sessions will occur once a month, June through September.

 

The event will take place on Friday, August 15 at 6:30pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $20/person. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

Guide: Emily Golomb 

 

 

 

 


 
Lunar Stroll Flyer
 
LUNAR STROLL: PHOTOGRAPHING LAUREL HILL AFTER HOURS 
 THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR 

Photo enthusiasts: grab your cameras, tripods and flashlights, and capture the ethereal wonders of Laurel Hill Cemetery after the sun goes down. During this guided stroll through the site’s picturesque landscape, participants will visit some of its most photogenic spots and evocative statuary, while learning to paint with light using only a flashlight and ambient iridescence. You will be over the moon with excitement once you see your unique images! You will also have experiences to share from this rare and intimate exploration of the cemetery long after its gates close for the night. Photography experience is recommended. Lunar Strolls will occur on the third Friday of every month from May through August.

 

July’s lunar stroll will take place on Friday, August 15 at 8:30pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $20/person general admission. Advance reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.

 

Guide: Emma Stern 

 

 

 

 


 
Hotties of Laurel Hill Flyer 
HOTTIES OF LAUREL HILL: DEAD, GONE & EXTREMELY HANDSOME

 

A 19th Century edition of The New York Times once described Charles Livingston Strong as the “perfect type of American manhood, having a splendid physique.” When Mahlon Hutchinson Heberton, notorious Victorian rake, was murdered; young women were said to have wept and left roses at his graveside. Brigadier general Henry Morris Naglee was known for his interest in physical fitness, as evidenced by the nude sketches he sent to one young lady he was pursuing. In the vein of the popular blog, My Daguerreotype Boyfriend, we'll be taking a tour of some of Laurel Hill's most admirable residents. From dashing Civil War soldiers to square-jawed inventors, we'll learn about just what made a Victorian woman swoon. Along the way, we'll unearth some scandalous letters and plenty of stories that prove Victorians weren't always so buttoned up. The tour will end with cocktails and light refreshments. Who says history isn't interesting?

 

The tour will take place on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $15/person. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.

 

Guide: Alexis Jeffcoat  

 

 

 

 


 
Hot Spots and Storied Plots Flyer 
 MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES: HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS

In life and in death, we all have stories to tell. Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am.



August’s walking tour will take place on Friday, August 22 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.



The cost is $8/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

 
 
 

 
Under a Crescent Moon Flyer 
UNDER A CRESCENT MOON: SUMMER OPEN HOUSE and VETERANS' NIGHT OF ILLUMINATION

 

Laurel Hill Cemetery takes on another aura as the sun sets and nighttime envelopes the grounds. Though the Cemetery is often open for evening tours and special events, the opportunity for a general visit and exploration is rare. Join us for our first Summer Open House where we will open the gates after-hours and invite you to simply enjoy the Cemetery grounds. Have a BYOB picnic, peruse our gift shop, take-in some night photography or simply walk around. Visitors can also view our special illumination display for veterans buried at Laurel Hill.

 

About the Illumination: Laurel Hill Cemetery contains over 1,400 known men and women who gave service to our nation, ranging from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm. During our Summer Open House, we will honor those veterans with a candle lit at their gravesides. For many this will be the first time they are honored since the day they were buried. Visitors will have an opportunity to stroll through the grounds as the sun wanes in the sky, and give tribute and thanks to each of those who took up arms to defend the United States. A general tour detailing some of those veterans will be offered.

 

The Open House and Illumination will take place on Saturday, August 23 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm (with a prescheduled rain date of Saturday, August 30), with check-in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $10/person. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

 

 

OF BLESSED MEMORY:

JEWISH NOTABLES of LAUREL HILL CEMETERY

 

 

When Laurel Hill Cemetery was founded in 1836, its early popularity was, in part, tied to its support of democratic ideals: admission was free; personal expression was encouraged and, most importantly, religious affiliation did not matter. Men and women of all faiths, or perhaps none at all, would choose to make Laurel Hill their final place of rest. This walking tour of the cemetery will specifically highlight the lives and careers of many of the Jewish notables who impacted the history of Philadelphia. Discover their stories and explore their nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century contributions to the city. The program will be followed by a light reception with wine and appetizers, and will mark Jewish American Heritage Month. By congressional resolution, May is the national month of recognition of the 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the achievements of American Jews in fields ranging from sports, arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government and military service.

 

The program and walking tour will take place on Thursday, August 28th at 6:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $20/person; or $18/students and seniors. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

 
Guide: Carol Yaster