Honoring Our Civil War Veterans

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has just published a very nice article by Phoebe Neidl on Green-Wood’s Civil War Project. Read it here. I am quoted in the article as identifying Captain William Wheeler of Wheeler’s Battery as one of my favorite individuals whom I have discovered since the project began in 2002. Wheeler was a fascinating individual: … Read more

A Darwinian Cemetery-The Wall Street Journal

By SHELLY BANJO Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, the resting ground for such 19th-century titans as jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk, is running out of its main source of revenue: burial plots. To keep it alive, the 200-year-old cemetery’s president, Richard Moylan, turned it into a nonprofit that gives guided tours and … Read more

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Pearsalls Honored at Green-Wood

The Green-Wood Historic Fund, at its second annual benefit this past Thursday [09/17/09], presented the DeWitt Clinton Award for Excellence to Nancy and Otis Pearsall for their lifelong dedication to historic preservation. The event, which highlighted “The Artists of Green-Wood,” attracted more than 225 guests, with a special trolley tour, performance by Angels & Accordions … Read more

LA Times: Even a cemetery suffers in this economy

Historic grave sites are crumbling at New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery — the resting place of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Tiffany and others — and the money to save them is scarce. It’s tough being an angel, even in as idyllic a setting as the Green-Wood Cemetery, where the leaves of shade trees rustle in the summer … Read more

The Times-Picayune: Brooklyn cemetery commissions new sculpture to honor New Orleans composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Tuesday July 28, 2009 By Chris Waddington, Contributing writer, The Times-Picayune One of New Orleans’ greatest musicians got a boost in New York this month, but he couldn’t join in the celebratory announcement. That’s because Louis Moreau Gottschalk was laid to rest in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery in 1869. On July 6, the historic cemetery announced … Read more

The Elkhart Truth: Local Sculptor a Finalist for Cemetery Piece

July 23, 2009 Local sculptor a finalist for cemetery piece She used to stand over the grave of legendary 19th-century American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Directing an invisible symphony with a harp at her feet, the angelic marble figure rose above the surrounding headstones in Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery. That was until it … Read more

New York Times: Where the Bodies Aren’t Buried

July 19, 2009 By MICHAEL WILSON Kestutis Demereckas, a tall, broad son of Lithuania who favors classic white headstones over the shiny black ones, stood grinning over a coffin-size patch of grass in Green-Wood Cemetery that was marked with nothing at all. Below the grass, in a shady part of Section 79, near the center … Read more

The Brooklyn Eagle: Green-Wood Cemetery Seeks To Bring Angel Back to Monument

June 4, 2009 ‘Angel of Music’ Is Gone From Composer’s Grave GREEN-WOOD — Brooklyn’s Historic Green-Wood Cemetery recently announced a new fundraising campaign to re-create “The Angel of Music” — a delicate and intricate sculpture that once marked the grave of legendary 19th century American composer-pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869). The angel disappeared from the … Read more