Wednesday, October 13, 2010
24 October, Sunday, 1-2:30 pm: Women's History Tour with 'yours truly', M. Diane Rogers, Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby. Sponsored by the Burnaby Village Museum. $15. Registration required; please register early - in person, by phone or on-line.
30 October - 2nd November, 6th Annual Night for All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver. See the Mountain View website for activities that day. Free events. Sunday, October 31st, hear the Threshold Choir from 7-8pm; Monday, November 1st see a special showing of "A Family Undertaking - Home Funerals in America" beginning at 7 pm.
7 November, Sunday, 10-1130 am: War Time Graves tour with Maurice Guibord at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby. Sponsored by the Burnaby Village Museum. $15. Registration required: please register early - in person, by phone or on-line.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Here's a favourite of mine from Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster, BC, Canada - a loving remembrance.
Photograph taken by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010. [Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Marker for Booth, Kathleen, Section: IOOF 6-7, Row: 5, Stone: 5.]
Take a look at what's on the one side of the marker though. Whether Kathleen Booth sewed for love or from necessity, we know she was likely never idle.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The topic for the July 2010 edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival is:
For this Carnival, I chose to visit one of the graveyards nearest my home, Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. This cemetery, operated by the city since the 1930s, was in use from about 1869 and, if you're someone who lives in the Lower Mainland here, you will recognize many of the historic family names represented in its burials. Originally there were separate areas, for instance, the Masonic, Oddfellows, Church of England and Veterans' sections. (The separate St. Peter's Roman Catholic Cemetery is right next door.)
I took off for a few hours there and just had a wander by myself - choosing some examples that appealed to me that day, taking photographs and making notes as I went. Although it wasn't the nicest day weatherwise, this cemetery has an amazing view, and it's nice just to enjoy that and the 'atmosphere'. An angry crow did try to keep me away from its territory, 'dive bombing' me until I moved on, but, as you will see, another cemetery habitué was much more friendly. This is a cemetery where people visit graves regularly, and locals walk their dogs, and even their kids, and where the cemetery is small enough that one can see a lot in any visit.
The following photographs illustrate my finds from the Scavenging List we were given: Cross, Heart, Fraternal symbol, Monument, Flower. Hand, Angel, Bird, Tree, Star, Obelisk, Four-legged animal, Photo, Military gravestone, Mausoleum. As you will see, I have taken some liberties with my identifications.
Fraternal - Knights of Pythias - symbol 'FCB' for Friendship, Charity and Benevolence - SANDERS marker (1961), Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, Canada. Photograph, M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Monument - This is a very large stone - as tall as I am. Beth Wood was the first woman elected to New Westminster City Council (1949) and the city's first woman Mayor. Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Flower - Malvina NORMAN's grave (1931), Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Hands - Elsabe RISKE marker (1902, with husband L.W. on other side). Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Angel - a beautiful marble monument for Ella Jane KIRKLAND LYSTER (1875). Married in 1874, she had lived with her husband in Oregon, but suffered from consumption and returned to New Westminster to die. Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Bird - A guardian crow, Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Tree - I love this twig lettering on the zinc ARMSTRONG monument (1882, 1884), Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photographs, M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Obelisk - Memorial to Ebenezer BROWN (died 1883, New Westminster), by his daughter. Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Four legged animal - a black cat - very friendly - and obviously very comfortable visiting in the neighbourhood. Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Photo 1 - DE LOS REYES grave, (2007). A free standing easel has a photograph on the front, with a photo and commemorative text on the back. Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
Military - HOSKIN marker, Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010. There are a number of other HOSKIN military markers. Some may be related.
Lastly - Fraser Cemetery has no mausoleums, but does have this very modern new ossuarium (an in ground common 'vault' or receptacle for cremains), along with a new columbarium and wall space for memorial plaques. New Westminster, BC, Canada. Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, June 2010.
This post was written for the Graveyard Rabbits' Scavenger Hunt Blog Carnival.
Thanks to Julie Cahill Tarr, of Chicagoland Cemeteries, who came up with the idea for this Carnival for the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Gravestone of Nellie LAY, died 5 February, 1920. Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC, Canada (JONES section /*/24/014/0005). Photograph by M. Diane Rogers, Fall 2009.
Free, but you must pre-register.
Free, but space is limited; pre-register.
Details & Registration Information at Mountain View's website.
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mountain View Cemetery, in the Celebration Hall & Courtyard, 5445 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC. (The Cemetery entrance is at 39th and Fraser.) Easily accessible by public transit.
This event includes tea and cookies, but please bring your own lunch and snacks.
Interesting note: Mountain View Cemetery is currently the only Canadian cemetery recognized by the Green Burial Council which has set the first standards for green burial services and providers and has four levels of certification.
Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver BC is recognized in the 4th level as a 'Hybrid Burial Ground'. "Hybrid Burial Grounds are conventional cemeteries offering the option for burial without the need for a vault (partial, inverted or otherwise), a vault lid, concrete box, slab or partitioned liner. Hybrid Burial Grounds shall not require the embalming of decedents and must allow for any kind of eco-friendly burial containers including shrouds."
For more about green burial in British Columbia, see my previous post on a Mountain View event last fall: Artists and the Green Funeral Movement - Dec 9 2009 .
Gravestone of Mike JURKOVIC, aged 20 (indexed at Mountain View as JURKOVITCH; death certificate indexed as JURHOVITCH), born in Jugoslavija, died 6 February 1935, at Tranquille, BC. Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Section JONES/*/13/002/0011). Also in plot - Phyllis Irene YURKOVICH, buried in 1994 and Robert YURKOVICH, buried in 1992.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
One place I feel most genealogical societies 'do right' is in organizing and enhancing the activities and energy of its members and volunteers to benefit the wider genealogical and historical communities. The work of the BC Genealogical Society (BCGS) cemetery committee is a good example of this.
The Society started in 1971 and, as with most groups, members came from a variety of backgrounds and had a number of different interests, but many of their long term goals were the same. One of the Society's initial objectives was to preserve British Columbia’s genealogical records, including cemetery records and gravestone inscriptions. This was particularly important here as some older BC cemeteries are subject to extreme weathering or are in remote areas and not easily accessible. Information from these cemeteries needed to be preserved and made easily available to researchers. Preserving cemetery information is still one of the BCGS's objectives today - and many cemeteries here are active ones; surname and inscription listings need to be updated regularly.
Several members had done some cemetery recording before the Society started. Others who lived close to a smaller cemetery or who often travelled around British Columbia for business or pleasure began to do the same, but they recorded inscriptions on each gravestone in the cemeteries they came across. And very soon, society members ensured that these recordings would be available to others by organizing volunteers to type up inscriptions in a format that would make them easy to publish in the Society’s journal or to index and publish for committee or library use.
Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, BC, 2008. Photograph, M. Diane Rogers
In recent years, the Committee has updated most of its older cemetery recordings for active cemeteries. Again, this was often done by individual members for smaller cemeteries, or sometimes by volunteer groups in co-operation with the BCGS. But Committee members just finished two large projects, the re-recording and photographing of all the inscriptions of gravestones in St Peter’s and Fraser cemeteries in New Westminster, BC. Research was also done in other sources for this project, including in burial records and newspapers.
British Columbia Genealogical Society Cemetery Committee webpage: http://www.blogger.com/www.bcgs.ca/BCGS%20Cemetery%20Committee.htm
British Columbia Genealogical Society: http://www.blogger.com/www.bcgs.ca
British Columbia Genealogical Society, 1971-1996: The First Quarter Century edited by Barbara Rogers and compiled by Maureen Hyde (Richmond, BC: British Columbia Genealogical Society, 1998).
Cemetery Recording Booklet edited by Valerie Hooper (Richmond, BC: British Columbia Genealogical Society, revised, 2006).
Monday, January 25, 2010
This theme was suggested by Diane Wright, who authors three cemetery blogs: The Kansas Rabbit, The Wright Graveyard Stew, and The Grave Yard Rabbit Travels Wright
We were invited to post our photographs of cemetery critters.
Now I have a number of photographs showing 'critters' carved or otherwise illustrating cemetery stones - from doves to lambs and deer. I even have several showing horses. But all too few of my photographs show live critters of any kind in a cemetery.
The most memorable critter I've seen in a cemetery was a hedgehog in the Bassingbourn Cemetery in Cambridgeshire, England, and, no, this wasn't Spike the Road Safety Hedgehog. This was a real live little hedgehog. Again, no photo - I was too busy staring and thinking "Hey, it's Mrs Tiggy-Winkle!"
Back at home, I'm a city girl, and a Pacific Northwest city girl at that, so I think the live critters I've seen the most in cemeteries would be seagulls or those very cheeky crows. But they seldom sit still close enough for me to try taking their photographs. Many people here like to walk their dogs in local cemeteries. This is often a controversial topic, and some cemeteries have restrictions, but it's certainly not uncommon to see dogs (on leashes).
Whenever I can I visit cemeteries in the rest of British Columbia, though, and we are always warned to watch for bears and sometimes snakes. On a summer trip to the Whonnock Cemetery in the Fraser Valley last year, we saw evidence of a bear - if you know what I mean - but, thank goodness, no bear.
Last year, at the Anglican Church's Nicola Cemetery (established in 1905, St. Michael's Anglican Church) which has lots of high grass and holes in the ground, I was so busy watching out in case of snakes that I almost stepped into a whole mess of ants just outside a grave enclosure. This time I did take a picture, but if you can see an ant in there I'll be surprised. I can't, but I swear! there were hundreds - all were busy trotting back and forth in that one area.
Many cemeteries have attractive landscape features which may include 'critters' too. Here is a photograph of the beautiful heron fountain just inside the entrance to Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, BC, near where I live. (Herons are my favourite birds.)
The Graveyard Critters edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival will be posted soon by the Association of Graveyard Rabbits on the Association's blog. Be sure to read the full carnival.