TRANSPLANTED SOULS:
ANOTHER TRY AT ETERNAL REST
 
It’s Philadelphia 2015, 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 7 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



 

LUNCHBOX LECTURE: LAUREL HILL'S PRESIDENTIAL CONNECTIONS
 

As the days grow shorter and the chill of the winter season settles upon us, Laurel Hill’s 78 acres of enchanting landscape becomes increasingly difficult to traverse by foot. The Lunchbox Lecture series offers visitors the opportunity to tour and explore the Cemetery from the seated comfort of the warm indoors. Bring a bagged lunch and your sense of curiosity to the second lecture of this three-part winter series. In honor of Presidents’ Day, this month’s presentation will feature an inside look at the friends, foes and confidantes behind the scenes of America’s highest office.

 

February’s lecture will take place on Thursday, February 12 at 10:00am. The cost is $8/person general admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online. Advanced reservations are requested and seating is limited.

 

Upon arrival, 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.
 
Guide: Rich Wilhelm
 
 
 
VICTORIANS AFTER DARK: LOVE and LUST in the 19th CENTURY (A VALENTINE'S DAY PROGRAM and RECEPTION)

Between OkCupid and singles night at the bar, we may think we have the corner market on love connections in the 21st century; but be not fooled; Victorians in the 1800s had their ways. The flick of a fan could indicate whether a lover was supposed to follow or flee, and calling cards did double duty as both contact information and indicating interest level. Even sketches, letters, and locks of hair joined the fray as harbingers of amour and sometimes scandal. Join us for a night that is equal parts love and lust as we cover everything from the 19th century version of speed dating to romantic acts that will make you swoon.

 

Who was the stunning young medium who left a famous explorer embarrassed by his 1850s “sexts”? What is the tragic account of the handsomest man in Laurel Hill? And what other tales of beating hearts lie beneath Laurel Hill? This Valentine’s Day program will answer those questions and more with a scintillating talk around a roasting fire in Laurel Hill’s historic gatehouse followed by a reception with cocktails and sumptuous desserts. Don’t miss the opportunity to try your hand at Victorian flirting tactics and depart into the winter’s night warmed by stories that prove though the body may be gone, a good love story is rarely forgotten.   

 

The talk will take place on Thursday, February 12 at 6:30pm, 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: Alexis Jeffcoat
 
 
 
 
LAUREL HILL: THE 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. “The Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday and Second Saturday tour series, which takes place every fourth Friday, and second Saturday’s from May through October. 

 

February's walking tour will take place on Friday, February 27 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.

 

Guide: Kerry Bryan