2016 PUBLIC PROGRAMS LIST

NOTE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO ANY OF OUR 2016 PROGRAMS, VISIT OUR EVENTS PAGE BY CLICKING ON THE EVENTS TAB AT THE LEFT, AND THEN SELECTING FROM THE DROP-DOWN MENU AT THE TOP OF THAT PAGE.

Hot Spots and Storied Plots Laurel Hill's "Fourth Friday" and "Second Saturday" tour series occurs on the fourth Friday of every month at 10am. Programs will highlight the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. These are the ultimate tours for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who likes beautiful art, stimulating history, and just enjoying life... even amongst the dead!

JANUARY Saturday, January 9, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Friday, January 15, 12pm
Lunchbox Lecture

Friday, January 22, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

FEBRUARY Thursday, February 11, 6:30pm & 8:15pm
Victorians After Dark: Love and Lust in the 19th Century

Saturday, February 13, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Friday, February 19, 12pm
Lunchbox Lecture

Friday, February 29, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

MARCH Sunday, March 6, 10am
Laurel Hill Cemetery Tour Guide Training Workshop (Part I)

Thursday, March 12, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, March 12th, 1pm
St. Patrick's Day Tour, Toasts and Tastes

Friday, March 18, 12pm
Lunchbox Lecture

Saturday, March 19, 1pm
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword: Writers, Editors and Publishers of Laurel Hill

Sunday, March 20, 10am
Laurel Hill Cemetery Tour Guide Training Workshop (Part II)

Sunday, March 20, 1pm
Legendary Civil War Ladies (a One Book Philadelphia Event)

Friday, March 25, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

APRIL Saturday, April 2, 1pm
Designing for the Dead: Art and Architecture of Laurel Hill

Saturday, April 9, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, April 9, 1pm
You Give Me Spring Fever: The Love Stories of Laurel Hill

Saturday, April 16, 1pm
Tails from the Crypt: Animal Lover's Tour and Dog Walk

Sunday, April 17, 1pm
Liberty or Death: The Revolutionary War Patriots of Laurel Hill

Friday, April 22, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Friday, April 22, 7:30pm
Astronomy Night: Stargazing from the Cemetery
a Philadelphia Science Festival Event Sunday, April 24, 1pm
Bloodletting and Bandages: 19th Century Medical History a Philadelphia Science Festival Event Saturday, April 30, 1pm

A Rural Masterpiece: Laurel Hill Celebrates 180 Years

MAY Saturday, May 7, 10 am
Nature in the Necropolis

Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 8pm
The Ghostly Circus: Fire and Aerial Theater in the Cemetery

Saturday, May 14, 9:45
The Art of Laurel Hill (co-sponsored by The Barnes Foundation)

Saturday, May 14, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Sunday, May 15, 1pm
150th Anniversary of the Grand Army of the Republic (Tour and Exhibit Opening)

Saturday, May 21, 1pm
Cryptic Crypts: Egyptian Symbolism at Laurel Hill

Sunday, May 22, 10am
Volunteer Flag Placement: Preparing to Honor America's Heroes

Friday, May 22, 1pm
History Hunt, Family Hike and Journal Making

Friday, May 27, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Sunday, May 29, 12pm
Memorial Day Parade, Service & Reception (presented by the General Meade Society)

JUNE Saturday, June 4, 6pm
Music for the Hearing Eye: Concert Atop the Crypts (presented by The Divine Hand Ensemble)

Sunday, June 5, 1pm
In Their Own Words: Laurel Hill's Literary Works

Friday, June 10, 8pm
Lunar Stroll: Photographing Laurel Hill After Hours

Saturday, June 11, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, June 11, 1pm
Peace Like a River: The Cemetery and the Schuylkill

Saturday, June 18, 7pm
The Soulstice (a Young Friends Fundraising Event)

Friday, June 24, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, June 25, 1pm
A Dying Art: Laurel Hill's Painters, Sculptors and Illustrators

Saturday, June 25, 9pm
Cinema in the Cemetery

Saturday, June 27, 9pm
Cinema in the Cemetery

Sunday, June 26, 1pm
Coming to America: Immigrants of Laurel Hill

JULY Saturday, July 8, 8pm
Lunar Stroll: Photographing Laurel Hill After Hours

Saturday, July 9, 10am
The Hots Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, July 9, 1pm
Gettysburg and Beyond: Laurel Hill's Ultimate Civil War Tour

Sunday, July 10, 1pm
Patriots, Politicians and Playwrights: Philadelphia Lawyers at Laurel Hill

Friday, July 22, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16; Friday, July 22 & Saturday July 23
Shakespeare in the Cemetery: Richard III (presented by the Mechanical Theater)

Wednesday, July 27, 6pm
The Streets of Philadelphia

Saturday, July 30, 9pm
Cinema in the Cemetery

AUGUST Saturday, August 6, 1pm
Death Loves a Shining Mark: The Language of Mourning

Friday, August 12, 8pm
Lunar Stroll: Photographing Laurel Hill After Hours

Saturday, August 13, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, August 13, 10am 8th Annual Car and Hearse Show presented by Mohnton Professional Car Club

Saturday, August 20, 2-8pm
Gone, but Not Forgotten: Crafts and Curiosities (curated by Jen Von Haunt)

Saturday, August 21, 1pm
Doctors' Orders: Laurel Hill's Physicians and Their Patients

Friday, August 26, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, August 27, 9pm
Cinema in the Cemetery

Sunday, August 28, 1pm
South of the Bridge: Explorations of the Cemetery's Southernmost Sod

SEPTEMBER Thursday, September 1, 7pm
Poe Picnic

Saturday, September 10, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, September 10, 8-10pm
Into the Veil (presented by Atlas Obscura)

Friday, September 16, 8pm
Saturday September 17, 8pm
Death Is a Cabaret, Ol' Chum: A Graveyard Cabaret
presented by Rev Theatre Company
a Philadelphia Fringe Festival Event

Saturday, September 17, 1pm
Sinners, Scandals and Suicides

Friday, September 23, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Friday, September 23, 8pm
Saturday, September 24, 8pm
Death Is a Cabaret, Ol' Chum: A Graveyard Cabaret
presented by REV Theater Company
a Philadelphia Fringe Festival Event

Sunday, September 25, 1pm
Pints and Plots: Oktoberfest in the Cemetery

Friday, September 30, 7pm
The Dead Milkmen

OCTOBER Thursday, October 6, 7pm
Friday, October 7, 7pm Over My Dead Body: Murder Mystery in the Cemetery
presented by The Mechanical Theatre

Saturday, October 8, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, October 8, 5pm
8th Annual Rest in Peace 5K Run

Sunday, October 9, 10am-3pm
Cruise-In Car Show (presented by Roxborough Ridge Runners)

Friday, October 14, 7pm
Saturday, October 15, 7pm
Soul Crawl: Haunted Halloween History Tours

Sunday, October 16, 1pm
The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Laurel Hill

Tuesday, October 18, 6pm
Seven Deadly Sins in the Cemetery

Friday, October 21, 7pm
12th Annual Gravediggers' Ball

Friday, October 28, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Friday, October 28, 7pm

True Tales From the Tombs: Mischief Night by Firelight
presented by Not Ready for Afterlife Players

Sunday, October 30, 1-3pm
Fall Family Day: Halloween Picnic and Parade

NOVEMBER Sunday, November 5, 1pm
Having the Last Word: Epitaphs and Grave Writings of Laurel Hill

Thursday, November 10, 10am
Marine Corps Anniversary Service

Sunday, November 12, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, November 12, 1pm
Love of Country Leads: Union League Founders at Laurel Hill

Sunday, November 20, 1pm
Buried in the Land of Strangers: Confederates of Laurel Hill

Friday, November 25, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

DECEMBER Saturday, December 3, 1pm
Footprints of Angels

Saturday, December 10, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, December 17, 1pm
Spirits of Christmas Past: Laurel Hill's Yuletide Connections

Friday, December 23, 10am
The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Saturday, December 31, 12pm General Meade Birthday Celebration
presented by the General Meade Society

PRIVATE TOURS & SPEAKERS SERIES The Friends are pleased to present an array of tour topics, in addition to any public program subject listed above, for private and school group tours of the Cemetery. We also offer the option of booking one of our knowledgeable guides to lecture at regional sites through our Speakers Series. For more information on arranging your private tour or speaker, please click on the Private Tours tab at the top of this page. Please note that ALL privately organized Group and School Tours must be conducted by one of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery's certified Tour Guides. External organizations and individuals are forbidden from using the Cemetery for personal profit or private activities not first approved by Laurel Hill. We are not a public or city-run park, but a nonprofit, privately-owned site. Proceeds raised through our public and private tours directly support the preservation of our National Historic Landmark.

TICKETING POLICY: PUBLIC TOURS and PROGRAMS Ticket sales help to support the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemeteryís missions to preserve, promote and further interpret our National Historic Landmark site. We strive for excellence in programming, and work to ensure a positive and memorable visitor experience.

ADVANCE SALES and METHODS of PAYMENT
The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery offer the opportunity for advance ticket purchases on most tours and programs, while requiring advance purchases for several events each year. Advance purchases can be made via credit card through our online store or over the phone; via check sent by mail; or via cash in person at the cemetery office. Subject to availability, tickets can also be purchased at the door for most events, via credit card, check or cash. All major credit cards are accepted on our online store; all major credit cards, except American Express, are accepted at the door. Please refer to individual tour and program descriptions on our website Events page, searchable by month, for event-specific ticketing information.

SOLD OUT EVENTS
Attendance limits are established on most Laurel Hill Cemetery tours and programs. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If an event sells out, it will be posted on our website immediately, and online registration will be suspended. Tickets will not be available at the door.

INDIVIDUAL CANCELLATION
The Friends do not offer refunds on tickets. If a registrant cannot attend an event for which advance tickets have been purchased, the Friends offer several options: 1) exchange your tickets for another event of equal or lesser admission value, subject to ticket availability, within one year from date of cancellation; 2) use your purchase as a credit towards an event of greater admission value, subject to availability, within one year from date of cancellation; 3) transfer your tickets to another person for the same event, or; 4) turn your ticket purchase into a tax-deductible donation to the Friendsí missions of preservation and education.

SITE CANCELLATION
The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery reserves the right to cancel a tour or program due to inclement weather, low enrollment or any other unforeseen circumstance that will impact the viability of an event. Notice of cancellation will be posted on the homepage of our website, as well as on our Facebook page, a minimum of two hours prior to the scheduled start time. At the time of cancellation, staff will contact all advance registrants, via their provided phone numbers and/or email addresses, to personally inform them. Should the Friends reschedule a cancelled event and a registrant cannot attend on the rescheduled date, a credit in the amount of the ticket price paid will be given to the individual towards attendance at any forthcoming tour or program, expiring one year from the date of cancellation. Should the Friends choose not to reschedule a cancelled event, refunds will be issued in full, and will be credited back to the credit card used for purchase within ten business days.

TICKETING POLICY: PRIVATE GROUP TOURS RESERVATIONS and METHODS of PAYMENT
Private tours must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance of groupís preferred date. Deposits are required to reserve a date and guide. For groups of ten persons or less, the required deposit is $25. For groups larger than ten persons, the required deposit is $50. Deposits can be made via credit card through our online store or over the phone; via check sent by mail; or via cash in person at the cemetery office. The balance of the tour cost is due upon your arrival on the day of your tour, and can also be paid via credit card, check or cash. All major credit cards, except American Express, are accepted at the door.

GROUP CANCELLATION
The Friends do not offer refunds on tours. If a group cancels a tour for which a deposit has been paid, the Friends offer two options: 1) use your deposit as a credit towards a rescheduled private tour within one year from date of cancellation, or; 2) turn your ticket purchase into a tax-deductible donation to the Friendsí missions of preservation and education. Please refer to the Private Tours section of our website for additional information on group tour policies.



The tours and programs of Laurel Hill Cemetery are administered by the Friends of Laurel Hill, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Should you have questions about our Ticketing Policy, please contact the Friends at (215)228-8200 or tours@thelaurelhillcemetery.org.