Part of the Artistry Above Ground Virtual Market on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm
In this virtual happy hour and talk, we’ll mix up a creative concoction and be joined by Thomas K. Keels, a Philadelphia author and historian who has written or co-authored seven books on local history, including Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries and Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City. His most recent book, Sesqui!: Greed, Graft, and the Forgotten World’s Fair of 1926, was published in 2017. Tom has been a tour guide at Laurel Hill Cemetery for over twenty years.
His talk will highlight the Artistry Above Ground in Philadelphia, exploring how the birth of the rural cemetery in Philadelphia provided local designers with a novel outdoor laboratory where they could exhibit their works, and experiment with new styles. Such noted architects and artists as John Notman, William Strickland, Alexander Milne Calder, Frank Furness, Horace Trumbauer, and Paul Philippe Cret all created designs for cemetery gatehouses and individual monuments. In some cases, they became “cradle-to-grave” designers for the city’s elite. Tom’s talk will also explore Laurel Hill’s antecedents like Pere LaChaise in Paris, its surviving and extinct contemporaries in Philadelphia, and look at how the rural cemetery has evolved to meet changing attitudes toward death.
This talk will take place on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm, virtually through a Zoom meeting. A What to Expect email will be sent to all ticket holders before the talk starts with information on how to log in.
Ticket pricing is $10/General Admission, $8/Seniors (65 & Up), $8/Students with ID, & $5/Members. Bring your own beverage and join us for this fascinating topic!
Throughout the last weekend of May, we are offering a diversity of programming as part of the Artistry Above Ground Virtual Market from May 29 to May 31. To learn more about the market and other programming offered, please visit here.