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September 2018

Site 147: Toronto’s BCPV Cemetery

Back when I was getting my Masters in History, I had to visit Black Creek Pioneer Village (BCPV) for one of my classes (the same class I wrote my cemetery paper for).  After that first visit I completely fell in love with it and hoped that I would one day work Continue reading “Site 147: Toronto’s BCPV Cemetery”

Site 146: Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery

If people know one cemetery in Toronto, it’s probably this one – the city’s largest and most prestigious. Some very notable people are buried here, including former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, the founders of the Eaton empire, and Continue reading “Site 146: Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery”

Site 145: Toronto’s St. James’ Cemetery

Only a few blocks from the Necropolis Cemetery, Toronto’s St. James’ Cemetery is its slightly larger and more prestigious brother. It in fact echoes the same aesthetic as Necropolis, with its numerous obelisks and grounded slab headstones. Continue reading “Site 145: Toronto’s St. James’ Cemetery”

Site 144: Toronto’s Necropolis Cemetery

Back in 1996, I was taking a class in Public Memory as part of my History Masters, and for my major research paper I decided to focus on 19th-century Toronto cemeteries, namely Necropolis, St. James, and Mount Pleasant. In retrospect I imagine my Continue reading “Site 144: Toronto’s Necropolis Cemetery”

Site 143: 9/11 Memorials

I was living in Japan when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened. I was already in bed when I got a couple of texts from my friends – something about the WTC in NYC – I was sleepy and wasn’t sure what they were getting on about; it wasn’t until I went to Continue reading “Site 143: 9/11 Memorials”

Site 142: St. Paul’s Chapel’s Churchyard

With the price of real estate in Manhattan, it’s no wonder that there are very few cemeteries on the island, with most of the large ones out in the other boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The handful that do remain tend Continue reading “Site 142: St. Paul’s Chapel’s Churchyard”

Site 141: The Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery

When one thinks of grand New York city cemeteries, the first that will come to mind is Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. It’s definitely the most famous and well-known, not just to taphophiles and the writers of “best of” cemetery lists, but to the local Continue reading “Site 141: The Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery”

Site 140: Jersey City’s Harsimus Cemetery

Many years ago when I did my first Masters (in History) I wrote a major paper on Toronto cemeteries. As part of my research, I read a lot about the rural/garden cemetery movement in both Europe and the U.S., which had multiple intended purposes – Continue reading “Site 140: Jersey City’s Harsimus Cemetery”

Sites 138 and 139: Sleepy Hollow Cemeteries

I woke up this morning to dull, grey skies, and I think that’s what I can expect for the rest of my time in New York. Yesterday’s scorching hot sunny day was probably the last I’ll see in a while. I had hoped to get up early and visit at least one cemetery in the Continue reading “Sites 138 and 139: Sleepy Hollow Cemeteries”

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