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 61 - BloomBridge Update with Founder Kristen Allen

Dec. 2, 2021

Jennie and Dianne sit down with BloomBridge founder Kristen Allen for an update on how the flower delivery service has been going since it launched in spring of 2021. This is a follow-up to episode number 28 when we met Kris…

Guest: Kristen Allen

Episode 60 - Indigenous Peoples of the American Southwest and their Burial Traditions

Nov. 25, 2021

November is National Native American Heritage Month so in this episode Jennie and Dianne learn about the death and burial traditions of the Ordinary Extraordinary Hopi, Navajo and Apache nations of the American Southwest. Th…

Episode 59 - Abolitionist Moses Summers in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse New York

Nov. 18, 2021

Jennie and Dianne chat with fellow taphophile and podcast host Hugh Yeman about his extraordinary leap down the rabbit hole that led to his discovery of one of America's most prolific abolitionists Moses Summers. Not only wa…

Episode 58 - Veteran's Day 2021 and America's Cemetery in Hermitage, Pennsylvania

Nov. 11, 2021

In this episode Jennie and Dianne pay homage to America's military veterans as they explore America's Cemetery and the Avenue of Flags in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.  Formerly known as Hillcrest Memorial Park, America's Cemeter…

Episode 57 - Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic, Connecticut

Nov. 4, 2021

Dianne and Jennie take an Autumn stroll through beautiful Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic, Connecticut. They explore the history of its unique shape, its gorgeous stone arch entrance, and learn about some of the people whose st…

Episode 56 - Beyond the Grave: Cemetery Wanderings with Edgar Allan Poe

Oct. 28, 2021

Join Jennie and Dianne for this very special Halloween edition of the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast. Grab your favorite warm beverage, turn the lights down low, and curl up with a cozy blanket as we wander through …

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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