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Building Community around the End of Life: Evergreens Cemetery: Brooklyn Oasis

A Landscape Entwined in History:

The Evergreens Cemetery of Brooklyn and Queens

Speaker John Rousmaniere, author of Green Oasis in Brooklyn: The Evergreens Cemetery,[masked] (2008) 
Located near Bushwick in the “knob and kettle country” of Long Island’s terminal moraine is a lesser-known, non-sectarian cemetery, originally called the Cemetery of the Evergreens. Founded in 1849, it bears the hand of such notable landscape designers and architects as Andrew Jackson Downing, Alexander Jackson Davis and Samuel Parsons, Jr. The Evergreens is taking steps to protect and cultivate its design and monuments, while honoring the cemetery’s inhabitants and wooded landscape.
John Rousmaniere, is a historian who has written extensively on maritime topics and on New York history. He lives in Morningside Heights and is a contributor to The Encyclopedia of New York City, 1st and 2nd editions.

The Arsenal Gallery Central Park, 64th St. and Fifth Ave, Third floor
Free. Event seating is limited. RSVP required

To RSVP, please call (212)[masked] or visit

This is the first of 3 lectures in the series: Urban Cemeteries as Historic Landscapes: Design, Horticulture and Habitat

In three separate lectures, the subject of urban cemeteries, both private and public, will be explored with a view toward greater understanding, appreciation and stewardship of these evocative landscapes in our midst.

Mark your calendar for the other lectures in the series:

Urban Cemeteries: Opportunities for Horticulture - Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
Monday, November 25, 2013 // 6:00 p.m.
Speaker Dennis Collins, Horticultural Curator for Mount Auburn Cemetery
Co-sponsored by The Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation

Managing Cemeteries for Wildlife Habitat
Thursday, December 12, 2013 // 6:00 p.m.
Speaker Don Riepe, Urban Naturalist


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