This week at Laurel Hill…
Week of March 26th, 2018
With the Easter holiday coming up this weekend, we don’t have any special events planned, but the cemetery grounds and offices will be open during our regular hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm) on Easter Sunday.
Remembering Harry Kalas
March 26th would have been Harry Kalas’ 82nd birthday. Harry was the announcer for the Phillies from 1971 until his death in 2009. He is buried in section S, Lot 86, with a serene view of the Schuylkill river down below. If you’ve never seen his unique gravesite in person, here’s your excuse to come to Laurel Hill and visit with one of our most iconic and beloved residents.
Harry’s grave is fashioned to look like a broadcast microphone, and the monument is flanked on either side by chairs from Veteran’s Stadium. Right in front of his grave marker, a square of sod from Citizen’s Bank Park was planted as well. It’s a heartwarming must-see for baseball fans, and we always love to see visitors posing for pictures in the bright blue stadium seats.
The Ladies of Laurel Hill
This week also marks the end of Women’s History Month. If you were lucky enough to go on our Classy Broads and Daring Dames tour this past Saturday, you heard about many of our amazing female residents, but for those who couldn’t make it, we wanted to share a few quick notes about some of our favorite ladies of Laurel Hill.
Sarah Josepha Hale – We have this amazing woman to thank for many things: Thanksgiving becoming a national holiday, the preservation of George Washington’s home Mount Vernon, and even the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Sarah worked as an editor for Godey’s Lady’s Book for 40 years, during which time she wrote extensively about equal education for women. In fact, she went on to help found Vassar college. Today, a prestigious literary prize is named in her honor. Past recipients include Arthur Miller, Elizabeth Yates, and Robert Frost.
Louisa Knapp Curtis – Another writer, Louisa regularly contributed to a magazine called The Tribune and Farmer. Her column was originally titled “Women at Home,” but over time, her column morphed into an entire supplemental magazine known at the time as “The Ladies Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper.” Sound familiar? Louisa was the first writer of the Ladies Home Journal, a magazine which is still in print today, 108 years after her death in 1910.
Roots to Reentry
Laurel Hill is partnering with the Philadelphia Horticultural Society for the Roots to Re-Entry program. This program is designed to provide valuable job training and new skill sets to people transitioning out of the Philadelphia prison system, and back to work. 30 trainees will be on site at both Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill this week to take part in landscaping and horticultural skills training. Some will remain onsite for two weeks as part of a larger 12-week program. At the end of this experience, participants are better equipped to enter the workforce.