An early spring photo from St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington, Wisconsin. With the leafless trees and gentle blue sky, it’s a mix between beautiful and a sinister this time of the year.
I ran across a show on Netflix about cemeteries that was definitely interesting. Any of you out there with Netflix access may enjoy it. It is also available for “Instant Streaming” so you can either watch it on your PC directly or any other device you use for that (like the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3.)
It’s called Rick Sebak: A Cemetery Special from 2005. Netflix’s descriptions says:
Writer-producer Rick Sebak serves as your tour guide for this hourlong journey through America’s most notable cemeteries, examining the history and artistry of headstones, crypts, monuments and family plots. Stopping in Florida, Alaska and numerous points in between, this fascinating program explores humans’ diverse methods for honoring the departed — and the myriad ways in which graveyards relate to modern culture.
It’s an interesting look at this history of modern-day cemeteries and a nice tour of some of the country’s more popular locations.
This site gets few updates during this time of the year. I can’t really do much cemetery research or photography due to the bitter cold and covering of snow. But, I will be back come Spring since I usually have some backlog of stuff I need to check out. Happy Winter!
Here is one of my favorite photos.
It was taken a few years ago at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. I had gone in the fall and the colors make it look really beautiful and peaceful. The cemetery itself has a lot of visuals like this due to the fact that it is very large and full of large trees and monuments. Unfortunately, I took the photo a long time ago on an old camera and I no longer have the original. This one is in decent condition, but I wish I had a larger, higher-quality one.
Welcome to the new Graveyard Rabbit site for Southeastern Wisconsin. I’ve been browsing the Graveyard Rabbit sites for a bit now and I’ve found them interesting. I used to have a website up for information on the cemeteries in this area that I set up manually many years ago. After moving hosts and moving on in life, the site never got set back up. It was mainly due to the fact that everything was done by hand; thumbnails, photo galleries, transcriptions, everything. It just seemed like a lot of work.
But, now, with the advent of all of these great programs like WordPress, Gallery, and others, it makes it much easier to do. So, when I saw these Graveyard Rabbit sites, I thought I’d dust off the old stuff and help some people out again.
I picked Southeastern Wisconsin since it covers a lot of ground. I live north of Milwaukee, so I travel around this area a lot. My genealogy research also takes me around this area to cemeteries, so that makes it a lot easier. Currently, there isn’t a lot I can do for new information since we have something like 5-12 inches of snow on top of everything, but once it thaws (and we dry out) I will hopefully get some new information.
Pardon the site right now while I get it all set up and cleaned, but I hope you bookmark it and come back again.