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 55 - Oak Grove Cemetery and the Borden Family in Fall River, Massachusetts

Oct. 21, 2021

Dianne and Jennie sit down with special guest Shelley Dziedzic to discuss Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts where the infamous Lizzie Borden and her family are buried. They briefly discuss the grizzly murder of…

Episode 54 - Eastern Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky

Oct. 14, 2021

In this episode Jennie and Dianne are joined by Andy Harpole and Savannah Darr of the Friends of Eastern Cemetery and by fellow podcaster Liz Clappin of the "Tomb with a View" podcast to discuss the story of Eastern Cemetery…

Episode 53 - Happy One Year Anniversary Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery Podcast!

Oct. 7, 2021

In this very special episode Jennie and Dianne celebrate the one year anniversary of the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast! This episode is slightly longer than normal as they recap the first year of the podcast and th…

Episode 52 - Special Guest Nolan Altman and the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry

Sept. 30, 2021

Jennie and Dianne chat with special guest Nolan Altman about how a simple question from his daughter led him down genealogy rabbit holes that eventually led him to coordinate’s JOWBR (*JewishGen Online Worldwi…

Guest: Nolan Altman

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…

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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