Episodes

March 11, 2021

Episode 23 - Riverside Cemetery in Denver, Colorado

Jennie and Dianne visit Denver, Colorado's oldest, continuously operated cemetery, Riverside. They will discuss how Riverside Cemetery replaced Denver's first cemetery, how it lost its water rights, and tell three ordinary, extraordinary stories of some of its permanent residents. While …

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March 4, 2021

Episode 22 - The Historic Topeka Cemetery & It's Women Residents

Join Jennie and Dianne as they talk with Lisa Sandmeyer, Superintendent at Historic Topeka Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas. Lisa is a wonderful storyteller as she introduces us to several fascinating women who are permanent residents of the cemetery. Some of …

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Feb. 25, 2021

Episode 21 - Old Clarkesville Cemetery - Clarkesville, Georgia

Lane Gresham and Brooks Garcia join Jennie to tell the stories of those buried in the Old Clarkesville Cemetery in Clarkesville, Georgia. They will introduce us to "the meanest man in Georgia", one of the first great photographers, a young …

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Feb. 18, 2021

Episode 20 - Exploring Grover's Corner Cemetery in Act 3 of the Play …

Jennie, Dianne and special guest Lara Maerz explore Act 3 of Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town". The entire act takes place in the town cemetery. Find out how the fictional cemetery of Grovers Corner, New Hampshire compares to many small …

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Feb. 11, 2021

Episode 19 Love Beyond the Grave

Love is in the air! OR buried beneath the soil! Join Jennie and Dianne as they visit Layton Cemetery in the town of Blackpool in Lancashire, England and Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both of these cemeteries hold the …

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Feb. 4, 2021

Episode 18 - Special Guest Deborah Andres and Funeral Service Around …

Jennie and Dianne talk with special guest Deborah Andres. Deborah has dedicated two decades of her life to the funeral profession with an enduring mission to elevate death care to serve grieving families with empathy and professionalism. She spent 5 …

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Jan. 28, 2021

Episode 17 - The Great Fire of Salem 1914 - Walnut Grove Cemetery and…

In this episode Jennie and Dianne travel back in time to experience June 25, 1914 in Salem, Massachusetts. On that day the worst fire Salem has ever known swept through much of the city destroying homes, churches, businesses and even …

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Jan. 21, 2021

Episode 16 - America's First 10 Presidents and Where They're Buried

Jennie and Dianne virtually visit the gravesites of the first 10 presidents of the United States of America. They also share a bit of each of their inaugural addresses based on what was happening at the time each of these …

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Jan. 14, 2021

Episode 15 - Cemetery Task Force - Natural Disasters, Restoration & B…

Jennie and Dianne are joined by Ryan Seidemann and Christine Halling of the Louisiana Cemetery Task Force to discuss what happens to cemeteries and their permanent residents when natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes strike. They share their experience …

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Jan. 7, 2021

Episode 14 - The Old Burying Ground and the Wreck of the Brig Hattie …

In this episode Jennie and Dianne pay a visit to the Old Burying Ground, also called the First Congregational Church Cemetery, in Kittery Point, Maine where lie the bodies of six sailors who lost their lives in a wintery sea …

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Dec. 31, 2020

Episode 13 - Happy New Year and the Spoon River Anthology

Join Jennie and Dianne as they read select and rather juicy poems from The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. These poems are written from the perspective of those buried in the cemetery of the fictional town of Spoon …

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Dec. 24, 2020

Episode 12 - Tilly's Christmas & Louisa May Alcott's grave in Sleepy …

Merry Christmas! In this episode Jennie and Dianne make a brief stop at the graveside of Louisa May Alcott and then retell one of her Christmas short stories, Tilly's Christmas. We wish you a very merry Christmas!

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Dec. 17, 2020

Episode 11 - Arctic Explorers of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlingt…

Jennie and Dianne travel back in time to explore the Arctic and the North Pole with three explorers who are buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Will they meet up with the jolly man in red on their …

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Dec. 10, 2020

Episode 10 - Hanukkah and the American Revolution - Chatham Square Je…

Dianne and Jennie learn the story of Hanukkah and how it parallels to the American Revolution through the war heroes buried in Chatham Square Jewish Cemetery in New York City, New York. They will share the stories of Gershom Mendes …

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Dec. 3, 2020

Episode 9 - An American Christmas Carol Immanuel Cemetery, Bellows Fa…

It's December and that means for many people a month long celebration of winter festivities as we approach the end of another year. One of those celebrations is, of course, Christmas! In this episode Jennie and Dianne will begin with …

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Nov. 26, 2020

Episode 8 - Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Jennie and Dianne discuss the founding of the oldest cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Evergreen Cemetery as well as Colorado Springs will be celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2021! It is a cemetery that is near and dear to Dianne's …

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Nov. 19, 2020

Episode 7 - Oak Grove Cemetery's Acadian People's: Saint Marys, Georg…

Jennie and Dianne begin this episode in Oak Grove Cemetery in Saint Marys, Georgia, but to tell the story of the Tomb of Acadians which can be found in this charming cemetery, they must travel back to 1755 and the …

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Nov. 12, 2020

Episode 6 - "They rode for Parker" - Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkans…

Jennie and Diane speak with Ryan M. Seidemann, lawyer, archeologist, anthropologist, professor, and cemeterian as he tells the true story of the U.S. Marshalls and Judge Issac Parker (often known as the Hangin' Judge) at Fort Smith, Arkansas from the …

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Nov. 5, 2020

Episode 5 - Burial Customs and Cemetery Traditions

Did you know that to be buried facing West is symbolic for facing freedom? When is it appropriate to cry for a deceased loved one in Irish tradition? What does it mean when stones and coins are left on gravesites? …

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Oct. 29, 2020

Episode 4 - Coast to Coast Haunted Cemeteries

Join Dianne and Jennie as they "road trip" from the West coast to the East coast of the United States seeking out ordinary, extraordinary cemeteries that may or may not be haunted. They will be visiting the graves sites in …

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Oct. 22, 2020

Episode 3 - Bald Mountain Cemetery & the Poetry of P.E. Redmond

Jennie and Dianne return to Central City, CO to explore the hidden mountain gem that is Bald Mountain Cemetery. They also find out what happened to Central City and Gilpin County in the years after the 1859 Gold Rush through …

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Oct. 15, 2020

Episode 2 - The Champions and Central City, Colorado

Join Dianne and Jennie as they tell the story of Hugh and Levinia Champion, a couple who married, had children, and died in Central City, CO during the Colorado gold rush that began in 1859. This is the story of …

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Oct. 8, 2020

Episode 1 - Welcome to the Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery!

Meet taphophiles (cemetery lovers) Jennie and Dianne as they discuss their love for cemeteries, talk cemetery history, and even share a bit of classic literature from Nathaniel Hawthorne. It's the Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery! Where every death had a life, and …

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