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The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery is a podcast for cemetery lovers, preservers, and even those who've never walked among the graves. Join hosts Jennie and Dianne as they explore old cemeteries and learn the stories of those buried within their walls. After all, every death had a life, and every life had a story.

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery Jennie Johnson & Dianne Hartshorn

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    • 4.5 • 21 Ratings

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery is a podcast for cemetery lovers, preservers, and even those who've never walked among the graves. Join hosts Jennie and Dianne as they explore old cemeteries and learn the stories of those buried within their walls. After all, every death had a life, and every life had a story.

    Episode 84 - Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois

    Episode 84 - Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois

    Dianne and Jennie explore Chicago's Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery and learn about its inception due to Chicago's growing immigrant population at the turn of the 20th century. This cemetery is the final resting place for many who took vows of holy orders including several bishops, archbishops, and Cardinals. It is also the final resting place to some of the most notorious gangsters from the 1920s and 30s including Al Capone. Buried beneath the green grass are the graves of many who lost their lives in some of Chicago's most tragic disasters and also the miraculous grave of an Italian bride. Come along for all these Ordinary Extraordinary stories and many more on this episode of the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast.

    Resources used to research this episode include:
    Hucke, Matt. "Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery." https://graveyards.com/. 1 Jan. 1997. graveyards.com/IL/Cook/mtcarmel/. Accessed 15 May 2022.

    Rumore, Kori, and Marianne Mather. "The life of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, 25 years after his death ." Chicago Tribune [Chicago], 16 Nov. 1996.

    M, D. "Peter Mutter." https://www.findagrave.com/. www.findagrave.com/memorial/10327097/peter-mutter. Accessed 15 May 2022.

    Floro-Khalaf, Jenny, and Cynthia Savaglio. Images of America Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries. Charleston, Arcadia Publishing, 2006.

    Photo Credits: Photo 171844835 / Carmel Cemetery © Gerald D. Tang | Dreamstime.com

    Photo 111062499 / Carmel Cemetery © Jim Roberts | Dreamstime.com

    • 37 min
    Episode 83 - Getting Involved in Local Cemetery Preservation, Upkeep, & Events

    Episode 83 - Getting Involved in Local Cemetery Preservation, Upkeep, & Events

    Jennie and Dianne chat about cemeteries in the spring and summer time! This is the time of year when many cemeteries offer tours and other events and they suggest ways to get involved with your local cemetery. They also talk about some of the appropriate ways to help care for grave sites and who to talk to when you want to get involved in restoration projects or even just basic clean up. Join them for the Ordinary Extraordinary do's and don'ts of cemetery visits and find out how you can get involved!

    For more information on proper restoration visit:
    1. https://atlaspreservation.com/
    2.https://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/tag/jason-church/

    • 53 min
    Episode 82 - One Last Wave Project: A Conversation with Founder Dan Fischer

    Episode 82 - One Last Wave Project: A Conversation with Founder Dan Fischer

    Henry David Thoreau wrote, "You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” that is exactly what Dan Fischer, founder of the One Last Wave Project has done. Dan sits down with Dianne and Jennie to share how he turned his devastating heartache from the loss of his dad, dog, and other loved ones in the past two years to one of hope and help for others experiencing their own grief.  His mission is simply to bring the healing power of the ocean to help grieving families and individuals coping with loss or experiencing hardship.  Cemeteries are meant as a way to memorialize those we lose in life, Dan has memorialized hundreds of loved ones on surfboards in order that they may go for one last Ordinary Extraordinary ride on the waves of the ocean bringing a small bit of peace to the hearts of those they have left behind.

    • 38 min
    Episode 81 - Harvard Shaker "Lollipop" Cemetery in Harvard, Massachusetts

    Episode 81 - Harvard Shaker "Lollipop" Cemetery in Harvard, Massachusetts

    Jennie and Dianne explore the Harvard Shaker "Lollipop" Cemetery located in Harvard, Massachusetts. The "lollipops" in the cemetery refer to the shape of more than 300 markers marking graves that date back to late 1700s belonging to members of 'The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing', more commonly known as the Shakers. They learn how the Shaker religion has been shaped and molded since it's inception to modern day Shakerism. Come along as they explore the Ordinary Extraordinary stories of the men and women buried in the Harvard Shaker Cemetery and how their values of simplicity and freedom brought them closer to their valley of love and delight.

    Resources used to research this episode include:

    Elicone, Connie. "Beyond the Gates: A Cemetery Explorer’s Guide to the Shaker Cemetery Harvard, MA." https://mountauburn.org/. 29 Oct. 2020. mountauburn.org/beyond-the-gates-a-cemetery-explorers-guide-to-the-shaker-cemetery-harvard-ma/. Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    Service, National Park. "History of the Shakers ." https://www.nps.gov/. www.nps.gov/articles/history-of-the-shakers.htm#:~:text=The%20United%20Society%20of%20Believers,the%20formation%20of%20Shaker%20beliefs. Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    , Plorpy. "Boston martyrs ." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/. 27 Feb. 2022. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_martyrs. Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    Service, National Park. "Harvard Shaker Village Historic District ." https://www.nps.gov/. www.nps.gov/places/harvard-shaker-village-historic-district.htm. Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    Village, Harvard Shaker. "Harvard Shaker Village ." http://www.harvardshakers.com/. www.harvardshakers.com/. Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    Service, National Park. "Shakerism in America ." https://www.nps.gov/. www.nps.gov/articles/shakerism-in-america.htm. Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    Paul, Catherine A. "Shakers – A Utopian Community: Founded In U.S. 1776 ." https://socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/. 27 Apr. 2017. socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/religious/the-shakers-a-utopian-community-founded-in-u-s-1776/. Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    https://www.maineshakers.com/. www.maineshakers.com/. Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    "Important Terms Used by the Shakers at South Union Shaker Village." https://www.southunionshakervillage.com/#. Important Terms Used by the Shakers at South Union Shaker Village. Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    Campbell, Roben. The Har The Harvard Shaker Cemeter er Cemetery, vol. 5, no. 4, 2011, pp. 179-203, digitalcommons.hamilton.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1188&context=acsq . Accessed 24 Apr. 2022.

    • 31 min
    Episode 80 - ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand

    Episode 80 - ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand

    In this episode Jennie and Dianne learn about the April 25th tradition of ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand.  ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army corps. ANZAC Day is a day that was originally begun to honor those soldiers who served during the first world war and specifically those who were part of the allied forces that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.  Jennie and Dianne virtually visit the  The Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) Cemetery and the Australian War Memorial that is home to a shrine, world-class museum, and an extensive archive of those who have served in Australia's armed forces since World War I. Join us for the Ordinary Extraordinary stories of how young men became soldiers creating a legacy that lasts beyond their deaths on this episode of the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast.

    To learn more about Bloombridge, please visit their website: https://bloom-bridge.com/

    Resources used to research this episode include:
    "Anzac Day ." https://www.army.gov.au/. www.army.gov.au/our-heritage/traditions/anzac-day. Accessed 17 Apr. 2022.

    Culture and Heritage, Ministry for. "Anzac Day ." https://nzhistory.govt.nz/. 16 Apr. 2020. nzhistory.govt.nz/war/anzac-day/introduction. Accessed 17 Apr. 2022.

    "Welcome to the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee ." https://anzacday.org.au/. anzacday.org.au/. Accessed 17 Apr. 2022.

    Museum, Imperial War. "Why We Wear Poppies On Remembrance Day ." https://www.iwm.org.uk/. www.iwm.org.uk/history/why-we-wear-poppies-on-remembrance-day#:~:text=The%20poppy%20is%20the%20enduring,especially%20on%20the%20Western%20Front. Accessed 17 Apr. 2022.

    Hems, Owen. "Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) Cemetery." https://sahistoryhub.history.sa.gov.au/. sahistoryhub.history.sa.gov.au/places/australian-imperial-forces-aif-cemetery. Accessed 17 Apr. 2022.

    Memorial, Australian War. https://www.awm.gov.au/. www.awm.gov.au/. Accessed 17 Apr. 2022.

    They Shall Not Grow Old. Directed by Peter Jackson, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2018.

    Seal, Graham. Great Anzac Stories The Men and Women Who Created the Digger Legend . Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 2013.

    • 40 min
    Episode 79 - Death by What? Three Deaths Caused by Unusual Circumstances

    Episode 79 - Death by What? Three Deaths Caused by Unusual Circumstances

    What do a toothpick, a  scarf and a banana peel have in common? This might sound like the beginning to a bad joke, but in this episode Jennie and Dianne share the stories of three artists who died under unusual circumstances. You will be introduced to writer and poet Sherwood Anderson, the mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan, and Roland Reed whose photography helped the world to better understand the indigenous peoples of the American plains and the Southwest. All three lived adventurous lives and all three died Ordinary Extraordinary Deaths.

    Resources used to edit this episode include:
    *(We don't often use Wikipedia for research, however in this case, Wikipedia articles cross referenced with other sources helped to create a more complete picture of each person featured in this episode.)
    Paoletti, Gabe. "The Strange Deaths Of 16 Historic And Famous Figures." https://allthatsinteresting.com/. edited by John Kuroski, 13 Nov. 2017. allthatsinteresting.com/strange-deaths#11. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    Shattuck, Ben. "A Sudden and Awful Manner ." https://themorningnews.org/. themorningnews.org/article/a-sudden-and-awful-manner. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    Encyclopedia Britannica, Editors Of . "Sherwood Anderson American author ." https://www.britannica.com/. 4 Mar. 2022. www.britannica.com/biography/Sherwood-Anderson. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    Anderson, Sherwood. "A Visit." https://www.poetryfoundation.org/. 1 Sep. 1917. www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/sherwood-anderson. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    Taylor, S.R. "Sherwood Anderson." https://www.findagrave.com/. 22 Mar. 2021. www.findagrave.com/memorial/29/sherwood-anderson. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    "Sherwood Anderson." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/. edited by Giant Snowman, 20 Mar. 2022. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherwood_Anderson. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    Skatoolaki, . "Isadora Duncan." https://www.findagrave.com/. www.findagrave.com/memorial/1444/isadora-duncan. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    "Isadora Duncan." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/. edited by Citation Bot, 9 Apr. 2022. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isadora_Duncan. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    Editors, History.Com. "Dancer Isadora Duncan is killed in car accident." https://www.history.com/. 11 Sep. 2019. www.history.com/this-day-in-history/dancer-isadora-duncan-is-killed-in-car-accident. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    Stokes, Sewell. "Isadora Duncan." https://www.britannica.com/. 10 Sep. 2021. www.britannica.com/biography/Isadora-Duncan. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    Connie, Joseph &. "Roland W “Royal Jr.” Reed ." https://www.findagrave.com/. 26 Nov. 2012. www.findagrave.com/memorial/101297510/roland-w-reed. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    McGraw, Carol. "Tombstone gives photographer his due, ends long search ." https://gazette.com/. 25 Nov. 2012. gazette.com/news/tombstone-gives-photographer-his-due-ends-long-search/article_14ed9fa2-2125-5b01-a24f-aec7962cdd39.html. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/. edited by Simeon, 16 Jan. 2022. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_W._Reed?fbclid=IwAR3PZA5UvFHRIgR0dE38QeVBydgpvxKGFBo1s83NH-qtIiX24t68DKrciKg. Accessed 10 Apr. 2022.

    Lawrence, Ernest R. Alone with the Past: The life and photographic art of Roland W. Reed . 1st ed., Edina, ‎Afton Historical Society Press, 2012.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Best cemetery podcast around!

This podcast is so unique! It covers smaller and not so known cemeteries and the history. So glad I found it!

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Fantastic!

I was hooked at first episode.

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Interesting Way to Explore Communities’ History

An enjoyable listen telling the stories of those who have passed on. I particularly like the episodes that give snapshots of a town or community’s history through the lives of those interred in their cemeteries. That said, the interviews with guests are often really interesting as well.

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