This week, we presented to the Louisiana Historical Association annual conference in Baton Rouge. If you enjoyed this presentation (or if you missed it) you can catch us at these upcoming speaking events and volunteer opportunities.
Today through April 1: Chalmette Volunteer Month
The National Trust for Historic Preservation Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) Crew has partnered with the National Centers for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and Chalmette National Cemetery for a month-long preservation volunteer event
Beginning on March 7 and lasting through the rest of the month, the project is a great way to get hands-on preservation experience and help care for this extraordinary historic cemetery. Volunteers have made enormous progress already documenting markers, cleaning headstones, and re-setting tablets that have shifted or leaned out of line.
We will be out there assisting with the effort this week. Hope to see you there!
To learn more or sign up, visit www.savingplaces.org/chalmette.
On June 1-4, we will be participating in the national conference of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF), in Durham, North Carolina. There, with Dr. Peter Dedek of Texas State University, we will present to conference attendees on the contribution of African American labor organizations to the architecture of Lafayette Cemetery No. 2. If you can’t make it to North Carolina, you can check out our brief synopsis on the topic here.
On September 15, Oak and Laurel will have the great pleasure of presenting to the Italian American Cultural Center. In this lecture, we will discuss the impact of Italian Americans on our New Orleans cemetery landscapes. Learn more here.
On April 27, we’re looking forward to seeing Dr. Daniele Maras of Columbia University present at Loyola University in a lecture entitled, “A Way to Immortality: Greek Myths of Divinization and Etruscan Funerary Rituals.” Check out details here.
2016 is going to be a great year for cemetery and funerary scholarship and research in New Orleans. We’ll see you out there among the tombs!