Monthly Archives: March 2011


The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 as a Catholic fraternal service organization.  The fraternity was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, an Irish-American priest, from St. Mary’s Parish of New Haven, Connecticut.  Originally founded to provide aid to orphans … Continue reading

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There goes his soul!

Alexander Milne Calder, the eldest of the family of Calder artists, gained fame for over 200 landmark sculptures he completed for Philadelphia’s City Hall including the massive sculpture of William Penn on top of the building.  Calder, like many great artists, earned money … Continue reading

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As Sociologist W. Lloyd Warner wrote, in his 1959 monograph, The Living and the Dead, “cemeteries are collective representations which reflect and express many of the community’s basic beliefs and values.” Certainly one of the conclusions that can be drawn when … Continue reading

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Broken Wheel

Many symbols, like the hanging and broken bud, the broken column, and the broken wheel represent the end of life’s journey.  This gravestone in Wunder’s Cemetery in Chicago is carved in limestone in the likeness of a tree with a broken … Continue reading

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Mansions in the Sky

The Rosehill Cemetery in Bloomington, Indiana, has many fine gravestones, including the deeply and elaborately carved Moser family monument.  The gravestone has gates opening up to the Heavens.  Between the clouds is depicted a lavish city of beautifully crafted buildings.  … Continue reading

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The Empty Chair

This mourning figure in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati kneels next to an empty chair.  Typical of mourning figures, she is barefoot, and expresses her grief with a lowered head that she holds with her hand.  The vacant chair symbolizes … Continue reading

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Lotta sheriffs buried here

Years ago, my friend, Kathryn Epperson Tupper, told me the story about a visit she made to the Magnolia Cemetery with her son, Philip, when he was about six years old.  They had gone to place flowers on her father’s … Continue reading

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