The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery

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 each week 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 89 - Lincoln Park & the Old City Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois

June 23, 2022

In episode 87 Jennie and Dianne talked briefly about the Potter's Field that used to exist where a baseball field is now in Chicago's Lincoln Park. In this episode they delve deeper into the City Cemetery, why the city decid…

Episode 88 - Special Guests Sarah and Jeffrey from Salem the Podcast

June 16, 2022

Jennie and Dianne are joined by Jeffrey and Sarah, hosts of Salem the Podcast and two of Salem's best tour guides, to talk about the symbolism and other attributes of many of the cemeteries located in Salem, Massachusetts.  …

Episode 87 - Paupers' Graves & Potter's Fields

June 9, 2022

Most cemeteries, both old and modern, contain a section often referred to as a Potter's field. In this episode, Dianne and Jennie discuss the history of Potter's fields and gravesites. From Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois …

Episode 86 - A Special Mausoleum and a Family Cemetery

June 2, 2022

In this episode Dianne and Jennie learn about one man's heartache and how it led him to build a magnificent mausoleum and gorgeous Victorian mansion. John Bowman built his wealth owning several tanneries and selling leather …

Episode 85 - The Buffalo Soldiers

May 26, 2022

Just in time for Memorial Day, Jennie and Dianne are joined by special guest Andrew Bell, a former Sergeant-Major in the US Army and a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars and a former Buffalo Soldier reenactor. Andre…

Guest: Andrew Bell

Episode 84 - Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois

May 19, 2022

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 man…

About the Hosts

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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.

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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!


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