Laurel Hill’s Legendary Civil War Ladies
The American Civil War was not just fought on the battle-field. Efforts on the home-front helped finance and support the battles, while also ensuring there was something for soldiers to return home to. Join living historian, Kerry Bryan, in period attire as Elizabeth Hutter, Civil War nurse and founder of the Northern Home for Friendless Children. Through the lens of Hutter’s own life story, learn about the struggles, accomplishments and tireless efforts of women during the Civil War era. From nursing the sick, to inventions that would aid the Union in warfare, to fundraising to clothe and feed its troops, the ladies of Laurel Hill served their nation in various ways. Benjamin Franklin’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Duane Gillespie; founder of Thanksgiving, Sarah Josepha Hale; and wife of the victor of Gettysburg, Margaretta Meade, are just a few of the stories that will be covered. The program will comprise a slide presentation and lecture, followed by a brief tour, and concluding with a seasonal reception inside the cemetery’s historic Gatehouse.
The program will take place on Saturday, November 8 at 1:00pm, 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.
Marine Corps Anniversary Service and KIA Veterans’ Day Tour
Join active and retired members of the United States Marine Corps at Laurel Hill Cemetery as they commemorate the 239th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775. A service will take place at the gravesite of Brigadier General Jacob A. Zeilin, the first United States Marine non-brevet general, who served as the seventh Commandant of the Corps from 1864 to 1876. After the service, the Cemetery will mark Veterans’ Day with a tour of the final resting places of the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Learn about the people who died in battle in the Revolutionary War, the Indian Wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, in Korea, and in Vietnam. Their heroic exploits will be relived and honored.
The service and tour will take place on Monday, November 10 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.
From Sails to Steel: Shipbuilders of Philadelphia
Shipwrecks, seas, and distant shores; the water holds a fascination for us that is rational and yet, mystical at the same time. To conquer the seas required technology and ingenuity and some parts of the world stood above the rest. Philadelphia was a vital center of American shipbuilding in the 19th century and produced a broad variety of vessel types, from passenger liners to battleships. Every aspect of shipbuilding is represented by one or more of the souls at rest in Laurel Hill Cemetery, from engines to ropes, from wharfs to hulls, and from wood to steel. You're invited to learn the mythic stories of Philadelphia's maritime history in this autumn afternoon walking tour along with an opportunity to see a one-of-a-kind collection of shipbuilding memorabilia, including some rarely shown museum pieces. End the tour with refreshments and a regular part of 19th century shipbuilders’ contracts: a measure of rum.
The tour will launch on Sunday, November 16 at 1:00pm, with the collection on display from 12:00pm to 1:00pm and again after the tour. Check-in is at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
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.
November’s walking tour will take place on Friday, November 28 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.
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