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Buster Keaton, “The General” and Dreamland Faces combine for exquisite night at Cinema in the Cemetery

Buster Keaton, “The General” and Dreamland Faces combine for exquisite night at Cinema in the Cemetery

Saturday, May 24th, was a night to remember at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. Over 300 adults and an undetermined number of children under the age of 12 were on hand at the cemetery to watch Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic silent film, “The General.” If you’ve never seen the movie, The General is not a person but a locomotive. [...]

146th Memorial Day at Cemetery celebrated and mourned veterans

146th Memorial Day at Cemetery celebrated and mourned veterans

Colonel Hetherington spoke those words at the 146th Memorial Day gathering at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. It was, as Memorial Day, is intended to be a day of both celebration and mourning. The achievements of the many who have served in the military were acknowledged against the backdrop of those who did not return to [...]

Northern Orchards Places Near the Dead with author James Silas Rogers

Northern Orchards Places Near the Dead with author James Silas Rogers

Book reading and signing Sunday June 15th 2:00 PM FREE Admission at Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery Ceadr Ave & Lake Street James Silas Rogers will read from his latest collection of poems and essays. Journey with James to meet the living among the homes of the dead. You may recognize Rogers’ work from Garrison Keillor’s “Writers [...]

Philipine Insurrection Veteran John A. Robischon, died 1909 at 30 honored with grave marker in 2014

Philipine Insurrection Veteran John A. Robischon, died 1909 at 30 honored with grave marker in 2014

Spanish-American War from Apr. 25, 1898 to Dec. 10, 1898. U.S. received Philipines by Treaty from Spain. Revolutionary leaders of Philipines had Spain as a common enemy during the Sp-Am War but after didn’t want one colonial power to replace another. Ths Philipine Insurrection began Feb. 4, 1899 lasting until July 4th, 1902 during which 125,000 [...]

Coming Soon! To A Cemetery Near You: “THE GENERAL” Starring BUSTER KEATON With music by DREAMLAND FACES

Coming Soon! To A Cemetery Near You:  “THE GENERAL” Starring BUSTER KEATON With music by DREAMLAND FACES

Cinema in the Cemetery kicks off the season on May 24, 2014, with an outdoor screening of Buster Keaton’s 1924 comic masterpiece, THE GENERAL. Local musicians DREAMLAND FACES will play an original score during the screening. The gates will open at 7 p.m. and the film will start at sundown, approximately 8:30. Come early and go on a history hunt. [...]

Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery 146th Memorial Day Ceremony May 26 at 10 AM

Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery 146th Memorial Day Ceremony  May 26 at 10 AM

This year’s Memorial Day observance, the 146th at Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, will take place on Monday, May 26th at 10 a.m. Please join us in remembering John Robischon and almost 200 other veterans along with a Color Guard, Band, Speakers, and Military Volley with Taps. At 1:00 in the afternoon there will be a history talk (seated) [...]

Carved stone lambs mark a few of the scores of children’s graves

Carved stone lambs mark a few of the scores of  children’s graves

Lambs are often on the gravestones of children depicting youthfulness and innocence. Religious meaning for some is in relation to Biblical verses about the Lamb of God and the Shepherd guding his flock of young lambs and older sheep. Many lambs of Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery have weathered or disappeared as have approximately 700 other [...]

Inquest, tatoo, trunk and British Archives are only clues to Wm. Rattery

Inquest, tatoo, trunk and British Archives are only clues to Wm. Rattery

Sometimes as much can be learned from “reading between the lines” as reading the lines. Sue Hunter Weir explains that this can also be true at a cemetery where between the markers lie fascinating Tales.”Where there are gaps, there are stories.” One of the tricky parts about writing these columns is trying to find a picture or graphic to [...]

TB Spawned innovative forerunner to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview- Riverside

TB Spawned innovative forerunner to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview- Riverside

Dorothy, Lillian, and Hillmar Evanson c1911-13, based on Lillian’s estimated age. Hillmar died from TB in 1913 at age 29 and Dorothy in 1915 at age 26. They and 99 others were hospitalized at Thomas Hospital and buried at Layman’s Cemetery .Hilmar and Dorothy were only two of 101 people buried in the cemetery who died at Thomas Hospital [...]

“Who will remember that we were here after we are gone?” Keepsakes and records entrusted between Bible’s pages

“Who will remember that we were here after we are gone?” Keepsakes and records entrusted between Bible’s pages

 Joe Schumann found an old Bible including a note that said “Will you keep the number of Hilmars grave in case we should loose tract of it. Eugene lost the one we had befor. I gave him one to so in case he loose it I’ve got one and so have you and as they may grade that part where he lays so if they take that marker I put there sometime ago [...]

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