Blog and In the News

  • Jazz Appreciation

    People who are passionate about the arts often visit cemeteries to honor those whose creations impact our lives.  Those who love classical music will go to Vienna’s Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) to lay flowers on the graves of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Strauss.  Readers of great American literature find their way to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in …
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  • Women’s History Month

    Over the course of the past few months, many of the incredible women memorialized at Woodlawn were in the news. There were stories including Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) during the election, articles focusing on the future of the Irvington mansion built by Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919) on the internet, and a television documentary on …
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  • The Circus is in Town!

    This month, New Yorkers will have one last chance to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring historic images of the circus with an exhibition on George Seurat.  Woodlawn is a wonderful place to visit to remember the many, many artists, both painters and performers,  for …
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  • Love Stories

    Eternal Love When you wander Woodlawn’s grounds you will find unique memorials that tell the stories of those in our care.  During the month of February, we encourage you to discover some of the remarkable love stories of those at rest.  Wedding pictures decorate spaces in our community mausoleums. Hearts, wedding rings and romantic inscriptions …
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  • Celebrating Black History Month

    In 1926, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History designated the second week in February “Negro History Week.”  The annual commemoration was to be held in between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. From the onset, Arturo “Arthur” Schomburg encouraged New Yorkers to study African-American art and culture. Just last …
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  • Explorers of the Unknown

    Explore Woodlawn Even in the coldest months of the year, Woodlawn is a place to explore.  On days when roads are clear of ice and snow, you can discover monuments and memorials that are no longer hidden from view by the leaves that fill our extraordinary trees.   There are several notable explorers memorialized at Woodlawn …
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  • New Year’s Resolution Pioneers

    As the ball drops in Times Square, people all over the world ring in the New Year with anticipation and the desire to start fresh through New Year’s resolutions. Whether a person desires to improve in a certain area, attain a goal, or positively influence the lives of others, many self-improvement role models are remembered …
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  • Celebrating R.H. Macy and the 90th Anniversary of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    2016 marks the 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Billed as the biggest and most beloved parade in America, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade attracts more than 50 million Americans both in person and via television who have made the Parade part of their Thanksgiving Day traditions. R.H. Macy, founder of Macy’s, was …
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  • Entrepreneurs Established Holiday Traditions

    For many Americans, the fondest holiday memories are linked to giving gifts, looking at beautiful decorations and waiting in line for a turn to sit with Santa Claus.  During the holiday season and throughout the year, visitors to The Woodlawn Cemetery stop to see the memorials and mausoleums of some of America’s most famous department …
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  • Sounds of the Season

    Everywhere you go during the month of December, holiday music plays in the background.  These catchy tunes provide the backdrop and memories that go with family, fun and festive spirits.  Did you know many of the best loved Christmas songs were written and performed by someone memorialized at Woodlawn? “White Christmas“ – Irving Berlin wrote …
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