The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery

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.

Recent Episodes

Episode 51 - The Spirit Houses in St. Nicholas Cemetery in Eklutna, Alaska

Sept. 23, 2021

In this episode of the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery Jennie and Dianne share news of a 140-year-old cemetery that was lost but has been found again in North Dakota and they learn the history of the spirit houses  that cove…

Episode 50 - A Conversation with Necrotourist Ken Naegele

Sept. 16, 2021

Jennie and Dianne sit down and talk with necro tourist Ken Naegele who is also the host of The Cemetery Podcast. Ken shares many stories of his adventures in cemeteries around the country, talks about his non-profit 'Respect…

Episode 49 - Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts

Sept. 9, 2021

“No abbey’s gloom, nor dark cathedral stoops, No winding torches paint the midnight air; Here the green pines delight, the aspen droops Along the modest pathways, and those fair Pale asters of the season spread their plu…

Episode 48 - The Little Cemetery in the Sky & St Mary of the Snows, Door County, Wisconsin

Sept. 2, 2021

Jennie and Dianne explore a couple of highly unique Belgian immigrant cemeteries located in Door County, Wisconsin. Is there really a little cemetery in the sky? And why are the headstones at St Mary of the Snows churchyard …

Episode 47- Oakwood Cemetery - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Aug. 26, 2021

Jennie and Dianne take you to one of Ohio's most beautiful garden cemeteries, Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls. In this episode they explore the lives of a teacher and a gentleman farmer, a self-made man who was one of Cuy…

Episode 46 - 5 Mysterious Graves

Aug. 19, 2021

In this episode Dianne and Jennie visit five  mysterious graves located throughout the United States. From the grave of a female stranger, to a group of graves marked by a turning Angel, to a supposed witch, and even to the …

About the Hosts

Jennie Johnson

Creator & Host

Jennie has been in love with cemeteries and their stories since she was a teenager. She has taken thousands of photographs of old headstones and the nature that inhabits cemeteries and graveyards. While she is not a history major, she is a history buff and loves to do research on all kinds of historical people and events. She was once locked into a museum (at the curator's request. He had an urgent coffee matter to attend to) and it was a dream come true! Jennie's dad is a retired Navy Senior Chief which means she spent her childhood living in different parts of the United States and ultimately developed a love of travel. She has also been involved in theater since she was 12 years old. She enjoys being on stage as well as behind the scenes. Some of her favorite onstage performances include: Delightful in Dearly Departed, Etta Baily in Going to See the Elephant, Multiple characters in The Laramie Project and Laura in The Glass Menagerie. Jennie has also directed adaptations of Anne of Green Gables and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. She has spent the past two years writing and staging readings of her first full length script called "The Adventures of the Model T Girls" which is based on the book "Darlene's Silver Streak and the Bradford Model T Girls" by John Butte. She is the mother of three awesome teens and wife to a wonderful husband who also happens to be a Radio DJ. She adores her black cat named Salem after her favorite city in the whole world, Salem, Massachusetts.

Dianne Hartshorn


As founder and director of the Evergreen Heritage Dianne Hartshorn is capable, knowledgeable and dedicated as a custodian of Colorado Springs history and in assisting the cemetery with their pioneer heritage. Her knowledge of and dedication to Victorian history and traditions is inspiring and educational. Dianne has two grown children and lives with her husband Tom of 35 years and her awesome cat Loki. She is a 4th generation Colorado native and enjoys nothing more than sharing history especially if cemeteries are involved! caught up on Episodes of The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery? Looking for something new to listen to until next Thursday? Try one of these (or all of these) fun, informational, and historical podcasts. 

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