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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:00 am

    In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? This talk provides an informative overview of Laurel…

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    Philadelphia Trees with Paul Meyer

    Walking Tour, Book Signing and Reception at West Laurel Hill on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 5:00 pm

    Join Paul Meyer, retired F. Otto Haas executive director of Morris Arboretum, and Aaron Greenberg, Arboretum Manager of Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries and Arboretum for an exclusive tour …

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    Death Cafe

    Virtual Program on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Death Café is a unique opportunity for the public to meet and discuss death. For this installment, we are meeting virtually on Zoom! This group-led discussion has no specific agenda and serves as a w…

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    Preparing to Honor America’s Heroes

    Volunteer Flag Placement on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    The General Meade Society of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries, call all volunteers to assist in preparing for the nation’s Memorial Day comm…

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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Virtual Program on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? This talk provides an informative overview of Laurel…

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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Walking Tour at Laurel Hill on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 am

    In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? This talk provides an informative overview of Laurel…

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    Afternoon Out with Our Dearly Departed

    Walking Tour and Victorian Picnic at Laurel Hill on Sunday, May 23, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Before the existence of public parks and botanical gardens, there were few retreats from the crowded city for 19th-century Philadelphians. Boasting breathtaking art, stunning architecture and carefull…

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    5Rhythms Waves Class

    Dance Class at Laurel Hill on Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

    The Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries are partnering with 5 Rhythms to explore the joy of dance through a waves class, once a month from March to November. Join us for ecstatic move…

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    Laurel Hill Goes to the Movies

    Evening Walking Tour at Laurel Hill on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Lights, Camera, Laurel Hill!! Take a close-up look at the many ways Laurel Hill Cemetery is connected to the celluloid arts. Thrill to the story of the stunt man who adopted Roy Rogers’ horse! Be…

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    Boneyard Bookworms

    Virtual Program on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    The May Boneyard Bookworm selection is The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. This edition of Boneyard Bookworms is part of the Longwood Gardens Commu…

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    Sacred Spaces and Storied Places

    Walking Tour at West Laurel Hill on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 11:00 am

    The expansion of Fairmount Park in the 1860s prevented further growth of Laurel Hill, and in 1869 our sister cemetery, West Laurel Hill, was established just across the river in Bala Cynwyd. This gene…

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    Memorial Day Ceremony

    Hosted by the General Meade Society on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Recreating the Original G.A.R. Decoration Day Service of 1868: The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave…

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