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Jan. 26, 2023

Episode 119 - Whitehall Cemetery (Burial Ground) in Mystic, Connectic…

Whitehall cemetery, also called Whitehall burial ground or Whitehall graveyard, is the oldest burial ground in Mystic, Connecticut being set aside for the purpose in 1644. This cemetery contains many excellent examples of 17th and 18th century stone carving tradition …

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Jan. 18, 2023

Episode 118 Say What? A Cemetery Q and A Part 2

Dianne and Jennie continue to answer your questions in this second Q and A installment of the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast. They discuss an old-wives tale regarding burial of those who die by suicide, answer questions about how they do …

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Jan. 11, 2023

Episode 117 - Say What? A Cemetery Q & A Part 1

Jennie and Dianne kick off 2023 by answering many questions posed by their listeners over the course of the previous year. They begin this two-part episode by covering the legal definition of an abandoned cemetery and how this definition determines …

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Dec. 29, 2022

Episode 116 - Christmas; Or the Good Fairy: A Harriet Beecher Stowe C…

Jennie and Dianne have made a tradition of sharing classic Christmas stories each year and have chosen an especially lovely to share as we say goodbye to 2022 and hello to the new year. This year the ladies pay a …

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Dec. 22, 2022

Episode 115 - Twas the Night Before an Interview with Author Pamela M…

"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Opening lines to one of the most well-known and well-loved Christmas poems of all time, but how did they come to …

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Dec. 15, 2022

Episode 114 - Two Cincinnati Rabbis and the Story of Hanukkah

Hanukkah has become a part of the Jewish-American experience that was essentially brought about by two Rabbis who worked tirelessly during the mid 1800s to improve Jewish life and beliefs in America. Dianne and Jennie pay a virtual visit to …

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Dec. 8, 2022

Episode 113 - The Grave of Alfred Nobel and the Story of His Life

Jennie and Dianne pay homage to a man whose legacy has held much sway over the world for more than 150 years when he stipulated in his will that his fortune was to be "deposited in a fund, the interest …

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Dec. 1, 2022

Episode 112 - Part 2 Old Burial Hill In Plymouth, Massachusetts

Jennie and Dianne continue to explore Old Burial Hill cemetery in Plymouth, Massachusetts. They recount a love story that took a very long time to come true. They also visit the grave of the first American casualty of a foreign …

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Nov. 24, 2022

Episode 111 - Old Burial Hill In Plymouth, Massachusetts

Happy Thanksgiving! Dianne and Jennie explore Old Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is Plymouth's second oldest burial ground and the possible final resting place to some of the Mayflower passengers as well as many of their descendants. They delve …

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Nov. 17, 2022

Episode 110 - Death and the Puritans

Jennie and Dianne delve into the spiritual beliefs of the Puritans and how those beliefs made them fear death, but also brought comfort in times of grief. We discuss how these beliefs affected their dress, daily living, death rituals and …

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Nov. 10, 2022

Episode 109 - Interview with Wreaths Across America

In honor of Veteran's Day, Jennie and Dianne sit down with the executive director of Wreaths Across America, Karen Worcester, to learn how a serendipitous mistake led to National Wreaths Across America Day, and the mission to Remember, Honor and …

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Nov. 3, 2022

Episode 108 - Clay Street Cemetery in Fairbanks, Alaska

Dianne and Jennie are joined by special guest Janet Richardson from Fairbanks, Alaska who shares stories of those buried in Fairbanks's first cemetery and shares many of the details of the years of restoration and preservation that has kept this …

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Oct. 27, 2022

Episode 107 - Beyond the Grave: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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 visit the legendary village of …

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Oct. 20, 2022

Episode 106 - Washington Irving, The Man

Dianne and Jennie are joined by not one, not two, but seven special guests on this episode to talk about Washington Irving, his life and his writings. Our guests are professor Tracy Hoffman who teaches Early American Literature at Baylor …

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Oct. 13, 2022

Episode 105 - Hope Moravian Cemetery or the Cemetery Drop Off Scene i…

Jennie and Dianne are joined by Drifter and Gypsie of the Rebel at Large Adventure podcast for a special Friday the 13th...err... Thursday the 13th visit to the Hope Moravian Cemetery, located in Hope, New Jersey. This cemetery is featured …

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Oct. 4, 2022

Episode 104 - A Trip Down Memory Lane

This episode should have been an episode with a group of very special guests, however, technical difficulties made that impossible so instead, join Jennie and Dianne for a trip down memory lane and enjoy the performance of our first ever …

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Sept. 29, 2022

Episode 103 - Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York

"Not far from this village, perhaps about two miles, there is a little valley or rather lap of land among high hills, which is one of the quietest places in the whole world." This is how Washington Irving describes his …

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Sept. 22, 2022

Episode 102 - 4 Historic Cemeteries in Edinburgh, Scotland

Dianne and Jennie chat with special guest Ahna Wolff. Ahna took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland over the summer in order to study, but she made time to visit four of Edinburgh's most historic cemeteries: Old Calton Cemetery, New Calton …

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Sept. 15, 2022

Episode 101 - “Operation Sacred Rescue” The Reburial of the Sisters o…

Dianne and Jennie have often discussed cemeteries that have been moved, meaning the dead have been disinterred and moved to a new burial site. In this episode they cover just such a story that took place in the suburbs of …

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Sept. 8, 2022

Episode 100 - Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Ordinary Extraordinary …

Jennie and Dianne look back through the first 99 episodes of The Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast. They discuss some of their favorite episodes, highlight clips from memorable moments with guests, and share comments and reviews from listeners. Many thanks to …

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Sept. 1, 2022

Episode 99 - Burials in the Floating City - Venice, Italy

How have the people of Venice, Italy buried their dead over the centuries? Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. Some of these Ordinary Extraordinary Venetians …

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Aug. 25, 2022

Episode 98 - Lost Cemeteries of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana is famously known for its intricate above ground cemeteries, but what about the cemeteries that have been lost to time? In this episode Jennie and Dianne speak with returning guest, Ryan Seidemann, about the Ordinary Extraordinary cemeteries …

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Aug. 18, 2022

Episode 97 - Exploding Casket Syndrome & Other Kooky Cemetery Facts

In this episode Jennie and Dianne learn about some of the craziest phenomenons that happen in cemeteries, such as exploding casket syndrome and what happens when a body is too big for a casket. They also discuss how the American …

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Aug. 11, 2022

Episode 96 - A Cemetery Chat

Dianne and Jennie chat about their upcoming fundraiser, Beyond the Grave: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Dianne also gives an update about the raising and resetting of many of the old military stones that have sunk at Evergreen Cemetery in …

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