179 episodes

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery is a podcast for cemetery lovers, preservationists, 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 • 50 Ratings

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery is a podcast for cemetery lovers, preservationists, 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 179 - Guardians of History Part 2: A Journey with Epoch Preservation

    Episode 179 - Guardians of History Part 2: A Journey with Epoch Preservation

    Dianne and Jennie are thrilled to continue their conversation with Rachel Meyer from Epoch Preservation. Join them for part 2 of an insightful two-part series delving into the fascinating world of cemetery conservation and preservation. In this episode, they discuss crucial topics like advocating for saving cemeteries, securing funding, leveraging social media for promotion, and the imperative mission of preserving indigenous, black, and emigrant cemeteries. Tune in for an enriching conversation that sheds light on the importance of preserving our collective history and honoring all the Ordinary Extraordinary resting places of our ancestors.

    Now available on YouTube:https://youtu.be/tGoB1_rM3Gc

    To learn more about Epoch Preservation or to contact them for help visit their website: https://epochpreservation.com/

    Follow Epoch Preservation on Social Media:
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/epochpreservation?igsh=MWd2aWwzYnl3OGloYw==

    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/share/LVt5J9vLe7S6ZZkb/?mibextid=qi2Omg

    • 52 min
    Episode 178 - Guardians of History Part 1: A Journey with Epoch Preservation

    Episode 178 - Guardians of History Part 1: A Journey with Epoch Preservation

    Dianne and Jennie are thrilled to welcome Rachel Meyer from Epoch Preservation as this week's special guest. Join them for part 1 of an insightful two-part series delving into the fascinating world of cemetery conservation and preservation.

    Discover the remarkable journey of Epoch Preservation, a leading gravestone conservation business based in Massachusetts. From humble beginnings to becoming pioneers in the field, Rachel shares their inspiring story rooted in a passion for preserving historic burying grounds and their invaluable artifacts.  Hear how their Ordinary Extraordinary origin tale unfolds, starting with a single cemetery in desperate need of preservation, ultimately blossoming into a thriving preservation venture across New England and beyond.

    Now available on YouTube:https://youtu.be/8QWw_iO2YpQ?si=WeYE26GgXgKOqQT8

    To learn more about Epoch Preservation or to contact them for help visit their website: https://epochpreservation.com/

    Follow Epoch Preservation on Social Media:
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/epochpreservation?igsh=MWd2aWwzYnl3OGloYw==

    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/share/LVt5J9vLe7S6ZZkb/?mibextid=qi2Omg

    • 58 min
    Episode 177 - Unveiling the True Legacy of Louise Sneed Hill

    Episode 177 - Unveiling the True Legacy of Louise Sneed Hill

    Join Jennie and Dianne on an enlightening journey through history with the author of "The Queen of Denver: Louise Sneed Hill and the Emergence of Modern High Society" Shelby Carr.  In this captivating follow-up to Episode 127, Shelby, who is the leading historian on Louise Sneed Hill, joins us to set the record straight and correct misconceptions about the woman who took charge of Denver's high society social circles that included the who's who of Denver's wealthiest and most influential people at the turn of the 20th century. With her expertise in American history and genealogical research, Shelby sheds light on the Ordinary Extraordinary woman behind the legend uncovering the truth and celebrating her enduring contributions to history.

    Now available on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/R4aSQaxh84I?si=g_gNhtz2fiHKm7c2

    To learn more about Shelby Carr or to purchase her book visit her website:  https://shelbyncarr.com/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 176 Part 2: Cemeteries of the Honorable, Forgotten and Unknown with Avrohom Krauss

    Episode 176 Part 2: Cemeteries of the Honorable, Forgotten and Unknown with Avrohom Krauss

    Join Jennie and Dianne, along with returning guest Avrohom Krauss, as they continue their exploration into the world of Ordinary Extraordinary Jewish cemetery sites. This week, they delve deeper into the topics of desecration and preservation of these sacred spaces, shedding light on the importance of honoring the memory of those laid to rest. In a time when our world is once more grappling with the ravages of war and animosity, their discussion on Holocaust memorials around the globe serves as a poignant reminder of the consequences of intolerance and injustice.

    Available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sI1TQAwpwuo

    The Hebrew Free Burial Association  https://www.hebrewfreeburial.org/who-we-are/

    Holocaust Memorials Featured in this episode:
    https://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/hm-eishishok-uh.htm
    https://nycemetery.wordpress.com/2021/02/23/united-hebrew-cemetery/
    https://diasporayeshiva.org/holocaust-chamber/
    https://www.yadvashem.org/
    https://www.seetheholyland.net/schindlers-grave/

    • 40 min
    Episode 175 - Part 1: Cemeteries of the Honorable, Forgotten and Unknown with Avrohom Krauss

    Episode 175 - Part 1: Cemeteries of the Honorable, Forgotten and Unknown with Avrohom Krauss

    In this episode of the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery, Jennie and Dianne, along with special guest Avrohom Krauss, an educator, genealogist, and speaker specializing in Jewish resources and cemetery research, delve into the  Ordinary Extraordinary Jewish immigrant cemeteries of New York. These cemeteries hold the final resting places of victims from tragic events like the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911 and the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Avrohom, who frequently presents and writes on the topic of landsmanshaftn (immigrant social benefit societies), brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences touring Jewish cemeteries across the U.S. and around the world, including in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Israel.

    Available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kh-xuXeuZKY?si=PS24t-sZ2pmUyIOd

    The Hebrew Free Burial Association  https://www.hebrewfreeburial.org/who-we-are/

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
    https://trianglefire.ilr.cornell.edu/

    The Titanic
    https://titanichistoricalsociety.org/titanic-museum/
    And
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/business/titanic

    Episode 70 - Till Death Do Us Part: True Love all the Way to the Grave (Isadore and Ida Strauss)
    https://www.theordinaryextraordinarycemetery.com/episode-70-til-death-do-us-part-true-love-all-the-way-to-the-grave/

    • 47 min
    Episode 174 - Echoes of History: Gettysburg Unveiled with Tim Smith

    Episode 174 - Echoes of History: Gettysburg Unveiled with Tim Smith

    Jennie and Dianne dive into history with special guest Tim Smith, the Director of Education for the Adams County Historical Society and town historian at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This week, Tim unfolds captivating tales of the battlefield, revealing how the citizens of Gettysburg coped with the historic battle including the tragic account of Jenny Wade, the only civilian casualty of the battle. He also details how the battlefield and the town of Gettysburg itself evolved into a bustling tourist destination almost immediately after the end of the Civil War. Tune in as they explore the significance of many of the Ordinary Extraordinary monuments scattered across the battlefield that honor not only those who died during the Civil War, but in all the wars fought by America since becoming one of the nation's national cemeteries.

    Now available on YouTube! https://youtu.be/HnUtmVGIb88?si=ClyiitT1_FV-2Z-k

    Adams County Historical Society at Gettysburg on YouTube: https://youtube.com/@AdamsCountyHistoricalSociety?si=NWoKoc7Q-kAWCWxD

    Adams County Historical Society: https://www.achs-pa.org/

    New Gettysburg Beyond the Battle Museum: https://www.achs-pa.org/visit/

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

riddikuluspatronus1 ,

Very informative!

Really interesting episodes. If you like cemeteries this is the podcast for you. Very interesting stories and perspectives. The new episode in honor of Veterans Day was great. Really made me think about the lives that Vietnam took. Really hit home for me. Very powerful pod. Great content and personal stories. Looking forward to more.

Streetwise Old Lady ,

Taphophiles Unite!

Thank you for bringing the local history of so many to us. I have always loved visiting cemeteries and researching the history of the people buried there. It’s wonderful to know of others like me and to hear the stories of cemeteries that I now want to visit. Thank you!

GraveYardLover ,

Love it!

Thank you for giving names back to those who may have been lost to history. I love the pod cast! Keep up the good work!

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