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.


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Episode 42 - John Dillinger's Grave at Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana

July 22, 2021

"These few dollars you lose here today are going to buy you stories to tell your children and great-grandchildren. This could be one of the big moments in your life; don't make it your last!" Words spoken by American gangster John Dillinger. Join Jennie and Dianne as they visit Crown Hill Funeral H…

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Episode 41 - Exploring Underwater Cemeteries

July 15, 2021

Take a dive with Jennie and Dianne as they explore two of the world's underwater cemeteries. Their first stop will be a cemetery off the coast of the Philippines that has been underwater for more than 150 years thanks to a volcanic explosion. Their second stop is a man-made coral reef cemetery off …

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Episode 40 - Exploring the Wit and Wisdom of Epitaphs

July 8, 2021

Jennie and Dianne wander through graveyards across the United States and even the world exploring the wit and wisdom of epitaphs. Some are sweet and poignant, some are comical, and some tell the tragic tales of those buried beneath the headstones. Come along on another journey through many Ordinary…

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Episode 39 - Explosion in the Mine Part 2 - Hanna, Wyoming

July 1, 2021

In this episode Jennie and Dianna continue their visit to the cemeteries in Hanna and Carbon, Wyoming where more than 200 men who perished in the Hanna Mine Number 1 Explosions are buried. They tell the tragic tale of the double explosion that occured on March 28, 1908 and how working and living fo…

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Episode 38 - Explosion in the Mine - Hanna, Wyoming

June 24, 2021

Join Jennie and Dianne as they go back in time to revisit the tragic day of June 30th, 1903 when the Union Pacific Coal Company's number one mine in Hanna, Wyoming exploded killing 169 men. This explosion was devastating to the community of Hannah, Wyoming. You will find many of these men buried in…

Episode 37 - A chat with Jeff Belanger of the New England Legends Podcast

June 17, 2021

Jennie and Dianne chat with Jeff Belanger of the New England Legends podcast. They talk about visiting cemeteries, the importance of keeping stories alive, how many people feel about the Dead, and a little side story about driving in Boston, Massachusetts. Come along as we visit some ordinary extra…

Guest: Jeff Belanger

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!

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