TRANSPLANTED SOULS:
ANOTHER TRY AT ETERNAL REST
It’s Philadelphia 2014, where do your ancestors rest? Over a century’s worth of city expansion stretching industrial and residential limits has made that a hard question to answer. Ground once reserved as places for the dead became prime real estate for urban growth making the phrase “rest in peace” a relative sentiment at best.
 
Join us for a fascinating afternoon as we identify the sites of citizens who have been moved from their original burial places to a second (and sometimes a third) try at eternal rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Whether through reasons of celebrity and marketing, family ties, public health concerns, infrastructure improvements, urban development or mass transit projects; many of Laurel Hill’s acquired already long dead denizens have arrived amid controversy, mystery and mayhem – issues that still arise today outside the haven that Laurel Hill provides


This walking tour will take place on Saturday, February 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.

The cost is $12/person general admission; $10/students and seniors; $9/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.

 


Guide: Nancy Wright



 
 
AN INDECENT PROPOSAL:
EROTICA and the AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
A VALENTINES DAY PROGRAM and RECEPTION 
 

THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT.

 

Valentine’s Day and the American Civil War are typically linked by love letters composed of flowery prose and romantic sentiment, tragic deaths breaking young couples apart, and the enduring theme of affection in so difficult a time. But what about the stories soldiers wouldn’t tell? As the war kicked into high gear and photo technology advanced; there was no shortage of those willing to exploit it for money. Along with the ability to broadcast images of battles throughout the country came a rise in prostitution and the pornographic industry. This Valentine’s Day, join the Young Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery as we explore the history and taboos of the salacious business that rocked the 1860s.

 

From the story of General Joseph Hooker and the women who came to bear his unfortunate namesake; to the country’s desperate attempts to deal with widespread disease and violence; to the women who found their independence in the red-light industry; this talk is sure to pique your interest. After a glimpse into sexuality in a time of war, the lecture will conclude with wine, cheese, and chocolate. This event is for adults ages 21 and over only.

 

 

The talk will take place on Thursday, February 13 at 6:30pm and 8:00pm, in 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.

 
The cost is $20/person. Space is limited, advance registration is required. Tickets can be purchased by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.
 
Presented by: Kim Jovinelli and Lee Hood
 
 
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES:
LAUREL HILL'S PRESIDENTIAL CONNECTIONS

Everyone knows the famed presidents for which the holiday has received its name, but what about their friends, confidantes, or outspoken citizens who became a thorn in their sides? This President’s Day, celebrate at Laurel Hill Cemetery and get a good look at the people behind the scenes of America’s highest office. Meet the doctor who presided over Thomas Jefferson’s last days, the influential magazine editor who lobbied four U.S. presidents requesting that Thanksgiving be declared a national holiday, and the renowned opera singer who recorded Theodore Roosevelt’s preferred version of a favorite song. All these and more connections will provide fascinating sidelights into the lives of our presidents.

 

This walking tour will take place on Sunday, February 16 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.

 
The cost is $12/person general admission; $10/students and seniors; $9/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.
 
Guide: Rich Wilhelm
 
 
 
MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR:
HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS
In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? 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.
 
February’s walking tour will take place on Friday, February 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.

 
The cost is $8/person general admission; $5/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online
 
Guide: Steve Chawaga