Have you ever wandered around Green-Wood and been curious about the letters and numbers carved in stone? There are thousands of unique designs found throughout the Cemetery from nearly two centuries of memorialization. Here’s your chance to sharpen your eye and make your Green-Wood strolls even more rewarding. For this evening’s exploration, Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman is joined by Angela Voulangas and Doug Clouse, graphic and exhibition designers, type historians, teachers, who work together as The Graphics Office and have both served on the board of directors of the Type Directors Club. They co-wrote The Handy Book of Artistic Printing and Doug is the author of MacKellar, Smith & Jordan: Typographic Tastemakers of the Late Nineteenth Century. One of their passions is gravestone inscriptions—they will share that passion with you.
The arboretum at Green-Wood acts as an important refuge for many plant and animal species in New York’s urban environment. Its large, native, and exotic woody plant collection allows for interactions between insect species and unique plants that may not otherwise occur in the natural world. The proximity of Green-Wood to the Port of New York also creates opportunities for non-native stow-away insect species to establish residency. Learn more about the discoveries made while surveying the plant collection at Green-Wood (including the discovery of a new beetle species!) from USDA Forest Service scientists Michael Bohne and Marc DiGirolomo, Green-Wood’s Director of Horticulture Joe Charap, and Green-Wood’s Manager of Horticulture Operations, Sara Evans.
By 1860, Green-Wood had become the place to be buried in New York City. But that year was also the eve of the Civil War, and the Cemetery would soon become the final resting place for thousands who died in battle and veterans who died in the ensuing decades. In 2002, Green-Wood launched its Civil War Project, led by the Cemetery’s historian, Jeff Richman, with the hopes of identifying as many of these veterans as possible. Over 5,000 have been identified and that number continues to grow each year! Join Jeff and Matt Dellinger, journalist, writer, and Civil War expert (he is now working on a book about Brooklyn and the Civil War), for a discussion about the fascinating stories of these brave men and women who we now count among Green-Wood’s permanent residents.
Sadly, in the current climate, our thoughts are more fixated on death than ever, and anxieties are running high. It is highly possible that someone we know may die or lose a loved one during this trying time. The Green-Wood Cemetery will continue to hold group conversations as a way for all of us to share our thoughts and feelings on death using Zoom. Our popular “Death Café” series is an opportunity for safe and open exchanges, without an agenda.
From bumblebees to leafcutters, there are dozens of wild bee species buzzing around Green-Wood. Join Sarah Kornbluth from the American Museum of Natural History and Green-Wood’s Manager of Horticulture Operations, Sara Evans, to learn about the different groups of bees we've found during our research collaboration with AMNH. We'll see examples of the visual cues to identify bees and talk about the differences in their behavior and nesting requirements. You'll be on the lookout for their amazing diversity the next time you visit Green-Wood or spot flower foragers in your own neck of the woods.
Green-Wood was one of New York City’s first outdoor museums and sculpture gardens. It is home to monuments designed by leading artists of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries—a tradition that continues with new works in bronze and stone added each year! Join Thayer Tolles, Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Painting and Sculpture in The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Green-Wood's historian, Jeff Richman, for a virtual tour and conversation about the best of the Cemetery’s sculptures and the artists who created them.
Did you know that Green-Wood is actively converting areas of traditional lawn to naturalistic meadow plantings? We are leading the way in this new trend among cemeteries. These meadows provide wildlife habitat and other important ecosystem services— all while providing a beautiful atmosphere for visitors. Join Jenna Webster, Senior Associate at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, to learn what it takes to make layered, dynamic plantings work within the cemetery context and understand what such plantings mean for the aesthetic traditions of memorial landscapes.
Life after death takes on a new meaning when discussing the Charlotte Canda monument and the cult fascination that has gripped Green-Wood’s visitors since it was erected. Often the poster child for Green-Wood in early guidebooks from the mid-1800s, the Canda gravesite is exemplary not only for its ornate decoration, but also for the tragic story it tells. Join us for our first-ever History Happy Hour as we dig into the Cemetery's archives and historical collections to explore the monument’s beautiful design as well as investigate the story behind Green-Wood's “It Girl.”
Join Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman and Morbid Anatomy founder Joanna Ebenstein for an illustrated conversation about Brooklyn's Coney Island, its connections to Green-Wood, and the astounding amusements that made it an international super-attraction for decades. At Coney Island in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, you could visit exotic "native villages” and enjoy a dizzying assortment of death and disaster themed immersive amusements in which you could choose being buried alive, experiencing the San Francisco earthquake, or living through the biblical apocalypse.
Discover the connection between nineteenth-century Spiritualism and the Women’s Rights Movement in New York’s foremost Victorian-era cemetery, Green-Wood. With a focus on the evolution and legacy of Spiritualism, this discussion explores the era’s obsession with communing with the dead and explores how this spiritual curiosity operated hand in hand with the push for women’s equality.