Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The latest: Philadelphia's Laurel Hill Cemetery records now online

(info from their e-newsletter)

Laurel Hill Cemetery's Interment Records Are Now Available Online!

In the spirit of Independence Day, Laurel Hill Cemetery hereby declares our freedom from paper burial records! After years of planning, fundraising and hard work, our record of interments is finally available online!
Though our burial records are now digitized, our work is far from complete. We are in fact currently in the process of raising funds for the second phase of records digitization. The successful completion of this forthcoming phase will result in a digital copy of every lot file and interment record contained in Laurel Hill's Archives, from 1836 to the present day.
We now seek the support of our patrons, friends, lot holders, and the many genealogists and researchers who have used our Archives over the years. Please help us to realize the completion of our records digitization through a fully tax-deductible, charitable donation.
Final Submissions Deadline for 175 Years of Reflections booklet is approaching - July 30th
The Friends are in the process of preparing a commemorative booklet to mark Laurel Hill's 175th anniversary in 2011. Tentatively titled 175 Years of Reflections, Laurel Hill Cemetery, 1836-2011, this pocket-sized text will include personal recollections and artistic representations - both historic and contemporary - on or about our famed National Historic Landmark site. We welcome your submissions! They can include a piece of original, creative text about the Cemetery, such as a poem, the recounting of a personal experience had while here, or a meditation on what Laurel Hill means to you. Reflections can also include original renderings of the site, ranging from charcoal sketches, oil paintings, sculpture, collage, photography and mixed media. Visit the website for details: http://thelaurelhillcemetery.org/index.php?m=6&id=7
Sat. July 24, 7pm
$30/per, $27/members, $25 seniors+students
Wed. July 28, 6pm
A Twilight Tour and Toast to Our Famous Fishtowners
$20/per, $17/members; $15 seniors+students
To register for any of our July events, please call (215) 228-8200 or email tours@thelaurelhillcemetery.org.

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