Saturday, November 3rd at 1:00 pm
Lincoln Steffens notoriously described 19th century Philadelphia as “corrupt and contented.” Yes, the city had its rogues and rascals, but it also had reformers. We will visit the grave of the Philadelphia patrician who realized that only a political boss could hold the unruly city together and then set out to become that boss. We will stand at the burial place of the Congressman who would have had one the largest monuments in Laurel Hill Cemetery if the treasurer of his memorial committee hadn’t run off with the funds. And, we will remember the scholarly historian who organized the predecessor to our modern-day Committee of Seventy.
Just a few days before election day, spend an afternoon getting to know the leaders of yesteryear, along with all their strengths and faults. Learn how their actions and decisions then might still be affecting us now, for better or for worse.
The tour will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm, 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 $15/person; $13/students and seniors; or $12/members. Reservations are suggested.
Tour Guide: Michael Brooks