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.

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July 22, 2021 33 min

"These few dollars you lose here today are going to buy you stories to tell your children and great-grandchildren. This could be one of the big moments in your life; don't make it your last!" Words spoken by American gangster John Dillinger. Join Jennie and Dianne as they visit Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana specifically to tell the ordinary extraordinary story of John Dillinger on the ann...

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Take a dive with Jennie and Dianne as they explore two of the world's underwater cemeteries. Their first stop will be a cemetery off the coast of the Philippines that has been underwater for more than 150 years thanks to a volcanic explosion. Their second stop is a man-made coral reef cemetery off the coast of Florida. And finally they will pay a visit to the Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial in Gloucester, Massachusetts to h...

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Jennie and Dianne wander through graveyards across the United States and even the world exploring the wit and wisdom of epitaphs. Some are sweet and poignant, some are comical, and some tell the tragic tales of those buried beneath the headstones. Come along on another journey through many Ordinary Extraordinary Cemeteries and their poetry.

Resources for this episode include:

"Epitaph." https://www.merriam-webster.com/. www.m...

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In this episode Jennie and Dianna continue their visit to the cemeteries in Hanna and Carbon, Wyoming where more than 200 men who perished in the Hanna Mine Number 1 Explosions are buried. They tell the tragic tale of the double explosion that occured on March 28, 1908 and how working and living for "the company" left many families not only grieving for their lost men, but also left many widows and children completely desti...

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Join Jennie and Dianne as they go back in time to revisit the tragic day of June 30th, 1903 when the Union Pacific Coal Company's number one mine in Hanna, Wyoming exploded killing 169 men. This explosion was devastating to the community of Hannah, Wyoming. You will find many of these men buried in the cemeteries at Hannah and in the nearby ghost town of Carbon, Wyoming.  This is part one of a two-part series on the explosions ...

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 Jennie and Dianne chat with Jeff Belanger of the New England Legends podcast. They talk about visiting cemeteries, the importance of keeping stories alive, how many people feel about the Dead, and a little side story about driving in Boston, Massachusetts. Come along as we visit some ordinary extraordinary New England cemeteries and revisit their tales with a guest who has spent much of his life among the Dead.

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June 10, 2021 70 min

In this episode Jennie and Dianne are joined by special guest Suzie Lennox, an expert in the history of body snatching especially in England, Ireland, and Scotland. Suzie shares the stories of successful and unsuccessful body snatchers, why they wanted to dig up the Dead in the first place, and how cemeteries and families tried to prevent the snatching of the Dead. Take a walk with us through the ordinary extraordinary cemeteries w...

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In this episode Jennie and Dianne share stories of soldiers that were sent along with photographs for our first ever Memorial Day slideshow featured on Facebook and Instagram. While the photographs were shared in the slideshow, we felt it was important to share the stories that came with them. We also learn how the Buffalo Soldier reenactors began honoring the fallen soldiers at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado springs, Colorado. And...

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A very special Memorial Day episode! Jennie and Dianne are privileged and honored to interview Ruth Robinson a member of the Society of the Honor Guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery located in Arlington, Virginia. Ruth served as SGT Ruth Hanks from 2016-2018, a Military Policeman assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). She is the fourth female to become a Sentinel at The Tomb ...

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May 20, 2021 31 min

Jennie and Dianne explore lone graves throughout Australia and the United States. Graves of those seeking gold, those who died of broken hearts, and those who chose their own perfect final resting place. Come along and explore the ordinary, extraordinary lives of those buried in lone graves.

Resources for this episode include:

https://www.adamshistory.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39:haile-grave...

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Special guest Ryan Seidemann returns wearing his lawyer hat and joins Jennie and Dianne to discuss legal issues that happen in and around cemeteries. In this episode they talk about the law regarding photography and cemeteries, accessing cemeteries on private property, what happens when someone is injured in a cemetery and much more!

Ryan Seidemann: Louisiana Cemetery Response Task Force
225-326-6056
cemeterytaskforce@ag.louisia...

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Jennie and Dianne take a trip to the past to explore Mt. Pisgah the ordinary extraordinary cemetery located just outside of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Cripple Creek is where Colorado's last great gold boom took place in 1891. Mt. Pisgah is the final resting place of hundreds of hard rock miners, cowboys, railway workers, mothers and children, ladies of ill repute, and many others who dreamed golden dreams. In this episode we hear...

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In this episode Jennie and Dianne explore Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. They share the tragic stories of victims from a steamship explosion, the heart-breaking story of the first woman charged with murder in the Oregon territory,  they share an article written in 1922 about the historical significance of the cemetery and why it needs to be cared for, and they talk about a new, exciting project to commemorate the ma...

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Dianne and Jennie attempt to uncover the history surrounding a wooded cemetery located inside of Indian springs State Park in Butts County, Georgia. We are hoping this episode will encourage anyone who has more information on this cemetery to let us know. Perhaps your ancestors are buried there? We would love to learn more of the stories laid to rest in such a fascinating ordinary, extraordinary cemetery! 

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Kristen Allen, founder of BloomBridge, joins Jennie and Dianne this week to discuss how a promise to her grandmother led to building a business that helps to connect the living and the dead. BloomBridge believes there is something to be said for remembering your loved ones. Honoring someone after they pass is about respect and loyalty. Flowers in a cemetery represent that life is still there and brings peace of healing to those tha...

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Jennie and Dianne share the history of Montana's oldest and best preserved ghost town and its cemeteries: Bannack, Montana.  They tell of the discovery of gold, the tenacity of the residents and they share some of the obituaries of those who were there when the town was born and when it was no more.  Come along to another ordinary, extraordinary cemetery in the wild, wild west!

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Special guest Karen Dustman tells the stories of stonecutter W.E.Lindsey who is credited with carving many elaborate headstones in Nevada, California, Illinois and many other states. She also shares the research she and her colleagues have done to publish the stories of the many ordinary, extraordinary souls buried in the Genoa Cemetery in Genoa, Nevada. 

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Jennie and Dianne are joined by special guest Jeff Levy to learn the mysterious story behind a unique, exotic and mysterious headstone located in Denver, Colorado's Fairmount Cemetery.  We learn that not everything carved in stone is as it seems in this ordinary, extraordinary cemetery. 

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Jennie and Dianne honor their Irish heritage by exploring Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, Ireland. This ordinary, extraordinary cemetery is the final resting place to more than 1.5 million souls including Irish revolutionaries, poets, musicians, and many more wonderful people. It is also the site of a tower that allows you to see the ocean and the Irish mountains. Ireland is a land of stories, magic, and history. 

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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 this cemetery is no longer the garden glory it once was, it still contains many wonderful monuments and symbolism of the Victorian era.

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