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 67 - Gangsters' Paradise - St. Paul, Minnesota and a visit to Calvary Cemetery

Jan. 20, 2022

Alvin “Creepy” Karpis once said, “Of all the midwest cities the one I knew best was St. Paul and it was a crook’s haven." In this episode Jennie and Dianne visit the mausoleum of Police Chief John J. O'Connor in Calvary Ceme…

Episode 66 - Dr. Thomas Edge Discusses the Care and Remembrance of Lynching Victims

Jan. 13, 2022

Jennie and Dianne interview their first guest of the new year! Dr. Thomas Edge is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University. Tom recently took a sabbatical to resea…

Episode 65 - Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska

Jan. 6, 2022

Jennie and Dianne delve into the beauty and stories of Lincoln, Nebraska's Wyuka Cemetery; a cemetery with the distinction of being the only state appointed cemetery in the United States. Follow along with them as they explo…

Episode 64 - Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol with The Rebel at Large Adventure Podcast

Dec. 23, 2021

Drifter and Gypsie of the Rebel at Large Adventure podcast join Jennie and her son Charlie and husband Dave in an abridged retelling of Charles Dickens's beloved short story A Christmas Carol. What does this have to do with …

Episode 63 - Mount Calvary Cemetery and its Luminarias in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dec. 16, 2021

Jennie and Dianne visit the Land of Enchantment, specifically Mount Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque, New Mexico where every Christmas Eve the cemetery is full of of candlelit luminarias. What are luminarias and how did this …

Episode 62 - Winchester Cathedral, Jane Austen & Christmas

Dec. 9, 2021

Dianne and Jennie explore one of the world's largest Gothic cathedrals, Winchester Cathedral in Winchester, England. This cathedral is the final resting place to kings, bishops, and many other famous persons including legend…

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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