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
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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.
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.
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