Allison C. Meier moonlights as a tour guide in New York City area cemeteries. These tours focus on cemeteries as places of history, art, and architecture, as well as memorial sites for remembrance. Themes range from symbolism, to magic and mediums in the 19th century, to forgotten disasters. They’ve included Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, East Village cemeteries, and Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. Sign up on the New York City of the Dead list below to find out about the next happening:
- Saturday, April 14, 11am-1pm: Designing Death. Join a tour of Green-Wood’s monuments and mausoleums that present distinct artistic styles, including Egyptian Revival, Neoclassical, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau. The tour will have a special emphasis on design and historic preservation. Tickets
- Saturday, May 12, 1-3pm: Magicians and Mediums. This walking tour explores the legacies of Spiritualism and stage magic, which often came into conflict. Visit the graves of Green-Wood’s 19th-century practitioners. Tickets
- Secrets in Stone: There is a secret language at Green-Wood that’s etched upon the monuments: cemetery symbology. Learn the meaning of the inverted torch, bales of wheat, and an hourglass with wins, along with those that are a bit more difficult to decipher. This tour is offered on three dates: Saturday, May 26, 3-5pm; Saturday, April 28, 3-5pm; Saturday, June 30, 3-5pm
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