Cities of the Dead for the Living: Laurel Hill, Cemeteries and Collective Memory

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Laurel Hill Cemetery will be welcoming Jeffrey Smith, professor of history at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri to deliver the lecture Cities of the Living for the Dead which explores the founding of cemeteries like Laurel Hill and their early efforts to transform the ways people used those burial grounds as public spaces. People visited these “rural cemeteries” the way we visit parks today. As burial sites, they also spoke of a community’s collected memory and heritage. Jeffrey is the author of The Rural Cemetery Movement: Places of Paradox in Nineteenth-Century America (2017). He has spoken widely on the subjects of cemeteries and the ways people used them in the nineteenth century. You can purchase his book here and bring it to the lecture for Jeffrey to sign!

The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:00pm in the museum located in the Gatehouse at 3822 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19132. The cost is $15/person, $13/students and seniors or $12/members. Advance registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited.

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