'Rural Cemeteries of America: Origins of the City Park Movement' Webinar

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In the mid 1800s, with disease and overcrowding plaguing urban centers across America, cities throughout the country decided it was time to change how it buried its citizens. The solution: the creation of a new type of burial ground known as the rural cemetery, which consisted of beautifully landscaped grounds outside of city centers filled with wondrous sculptures, stunning vistas, and beautiful architecture. Why did these cemeteries become many cities' most visited attractions, and what role do they play in modern times? This is the story of the rural cemetery and incredible impact they had on the country.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the history and lasting legacy of America's rural cemeteries —19th-century burial grounds located outside major cities that not only became peaceful places to mourn loved ones, but also inspired the city park movement, which led to the development of public green spaces such as Central Park.

Led by licensed tour guide and cemetery expert John Semlak, our exploration of rural cemeteries across American cities will include:

  • An overview of urban areas throughout 1800s America and why green space was so hard to come by
  • The early development of the rural cemetery, from why rural cemeteries became incredibly popular leisure destinations to how they can trace their roots to Europe
  • A close look at the most important rural cemeteries throughout the country, from Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts to Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City
  • A discussion around some of their most famous permanent residents
  • The significance of rural cemeteries, from how they led to the city parks movement to why they continue to draw visitors today

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with John — any and all questions about rural cemeteries are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

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