What’s With That Toga?

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I visited two sculptures that relate very much to the De Witt Clinton bronze, by Henry Kirke Brown, that is at Green-Wood Cemetery. My first stop was in the Smithsonian’s History Museum, where I visited Horatio Greenough’s sculpture of George Washington. It is really quite fascinating–a bare-chested “Father … Read more

Where Have You Gone, Gottschalk’s Fallen Angel?

It has been a mystery we’ve been trying to solve for some time now. We knew that the grave of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, America’s first internationally-acclaimed classical composer and pianist, had been adorned, soon after his death, with a marble angel. We had photographs of it–from the 19th century, even from as late as 1930 … Read more

The Escaped Slaves of Mitchelville

Whenever I visit Washington, D.C., I try to visit my favorite museums there: the National Portrait Gallery, National Building Museum, the American Art Museum, and the National Museum of American History. Sometimes I find “old friends,” items I’ve seen many times, on display; sometimes I come across things I’ve never seen before. During my visit … Read more

Into Our Archives We Go

In the early years of our Civil War Project, circa 2003, we started Volunteer Research Days, in which our Historic Fund Volunteers came to the cemetery conference room one Saturday every month or so to search the cemetery records for information that might result in the identification of Civil War veterans who are interred at … Read more

The Tiffany Touch

Louis Comfort Tiffany was quite the genius. The son of Charles Tiffany, who founded Tiffany and Company, he was a talented painter, interior designer, and stained glass artist. He is, of course, interred at Green-Wood Cemetery. Tiffany is best known today for his stained glass lamps. But, that would have greatly frustrated him. He did … Read more

It Isn’t Pretty

I thought the snow storm we had a few weeks ago was pretty severe. With all that wet snow, many wonderful trees lost limbs. Discussing that storm with our Superintendent of the Grounds, Art Presson, a few days after it struck, we marveled at the fact that all of the falling limbs then had somehow … Read more

A Closer Look

Richard Upjohn was a pioneering American architect. In the 1840’s, he designed Trinity Church, which stands at Broadway and Wall Street, . He was the first president of the American Institute of Architects. He also was Green-Wood Cemetery’s chosen architect of the mid-nineteenth century, designing the Arches at the grand entrance to the cemetery (the … Read more

Edward, Your Legacy Lives

Friday morning I entered the cemetery at the Fort Hamilton Parkway entrance, and walked across Green-Wood to our offices. It was drizzling, good cemetery weather, and it was a treat to wander the quiet grounds. As I got near the Catacombs, I reached the grave of Edward Anthony. Now, I know he is a rather … Read more

March 2010 Storm Relief Appeal

Dear Friends of The Green-Wood Cemetery, This past weekend’s rain and wind storm that ravaged the metropolitan area—said to be the worst in 30 years—damaged countless neighborhoods in and around New York City. Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery was not spared. Our heavily forested 478 acres sustained significant damage: hundreds of trees were uprooted; shrubs were ripped … Read more


CONTACT:      Josh Salter/Colleen Roche Linden Alschuler & Kaplan Public Relations 212-575-4545; jsalter@lakpr.com LISA ALPERT APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING FOR THE GREEN-WOOD HISTORIC FUND New York — Lisa W. Alpert, 48, an experienced professional in the fields of marketing, business development and institutional fundraising, has been appointed Director of Development and Marketing … Read more