Wednesday, August 23, 6-8pm
The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery and Arcadia Publishing are pleased to announce the launch of a new publication entitled, Images of America: Laurel Hill Cemetery by authors Carol Yaster and Rachel Wolgemuth. The work features a collection of nearly two hundred photographic images and captions that explore Laurel Hill’s rich history, spanning from its earliest years through present day.
Established in 1836, Philadelphia’s Laurel
Hill Cemetery was one of the earliest rural cemeteries in America. The
picturesque views and outstanding horticulture, along with sculptures and
monuments designed by notable artists and architects—like Alexander Milne
Calder, Alexander Stirling Calder, Harriet Frishmuth, John Notman, and Thomas
Ustick Walter—attracted thousands of visitors. Laurel Hill became the desired
place of burial for Philadelphia’s elite and the final resting place for those
with last names like Widener, Wharton, Meade, and Elkins. The cemetery’s design
was much admired and widely imitated, both locally and nationally. While the
20th century ushered in a steep decline for Laurel Hill, the establishment of a
friends group in 1978 and the cemetery’s designation as a National Historic Landmark
in 1998 signaled a transformation for the cemetery. Laurel Hill entered a new
century as a revitalized and relevant institution. Once again, the cemetery is
regarded as an important part of the community, a worthy destination for
visitors, and a place to share in the stories of the men and women whose lives
shaped both Philadelphia and the nation.
Please join us for a launch celebration on Wednesday, August 23 from 6PM to 8PM at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The evening will include a book signing, wine and cheese reception, and the rare chance to view historic images and items on display from the cemetery’s collection. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the event.
The event is free and open to the public. Advanced RSVP is requested. Please arrive 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.