Having the Last Word: Epitaphs of Laurel Hill

Sunday, December 10 at 1pm

When Theodore Jaeckel lost his young wife in 1926, he wrote an epitaph befitting of their undying love. “Lovely, loving and beloved, life to her was a wondrous adventure” it began. “Life is Eternal. Death is merely a Change of Condition.” proclaims the monument of famed spiritualists, Levi Franklin and Catherine Drinkhouse Smith. The well-known poem on the headstone of cherished Phillies announcer, Harry Kalas; begins with “Baseball is about going home, and how hard it is to get there and how driven is our need.” Words move us as much in death as they do in life; defining us, telling our stories, and breathing movement into our experiences. Epitaphs are a final opportunity to make a statement and be they biographical, humorous, sentimental or religious; they give us great insight into the person resting below. Join us for a walking tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery that explores the power of these words carved in stone and the interesting lives of the people who chose them.

This walking tour will take place on Sunday, December 10 at 1:00pm, 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; $12/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Tour Guide: Alex Smallberger

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