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 #36 - Body Snatchers!

June 10, 2021

In this episode Jennie and Dianne are joined by special guest Suzie Lennox, an expert in the histor…

Guest: Suzie Lennox

Episode 35 - War Stories, Buffalo Soldiers & More

June 3, 2021

In this episode Jennie and Dianne share stories of soldiers that were sent along with photographs f…

Cemeteries Necropolis Cemetery Graveyards History Taphophile Taphophilia Society & Culture Places & Travel D

Episode 34 - Interview with Tomb Guard Ruth Robinson for Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

May 27, 2021

A very special Memorial Day episode! Jennie and Dianne are privileged and honored to interview Ruth…

Guest: Ruth Robinson

Episode 33 - Lone Graves

May 20, 2021

Jennie and Dianne explore lone graves throughout Australia and the United States. Graves of those s…

Cemetery Cemeteries Graveyards Death History Necropolis Taphophile Taphophilia Society & Culture Places & Travel

Episode 32 - Cemeteries and the Law

May 13, 2021

Special guest Ryan Seidemann returns wearing his lawyer hat and joins Jennie and Dianne to discuss …

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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