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President’s Day

  Happy Birthday Mr. President! Everyone is familiar with the film of Marilyn Monroe standing on the stage in Madison Square Garden, singing to President John F. Kennedy on his birthday.  Woodlawn notable, Leroy Neiman (1921-2012) painted a very colorful and splashy...

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Jewish Genealogy Month

November is International Jewish Genealogy Month, making it a perfect time for us to share the wealth of records and information held by The Woodlawn Cemetery. Our staff and team of volunteers dedicate their time and expertise to reconnect family historians,...

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Woodlawn’s Suffragents

The Woodlawn Cemetery is nationally known as the final resting place for many of the women that led the suffrage movement including:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alva Belmont, Katherine Duer Mackay and Carrie Chapman Catt.  Through the recently published book The...

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Back To School

    Summer is coming to a close and as we get ready to head back to school, let’s take some time to remember those who dedicated their lives to teaching and established the institutions where we go to learn. Some of the most impressive schools in New York City were...

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Angels at Woodlawn

Cemeteries are filled with angels, watching over those at rest, transporting souls with outstretched wings and giving us hope for eternity.  Hundreds of angels grace the grounds of The Woodlawn Cemetery – some inspired by classic works of arts and others original...

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Summer Travel Connections

            There are many ways to honor the individuals who have made a difference in our lives, contributed to our culture and built the significant landmarks we tour when we are traveling.  This summer, when you go on vacation, take time to stop and visit the...

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Celebrate Summer Memories

When the weather turns warm and school lets out, fond memories of baseball, the beach, barbeques and spectacular firework displays come to mind.  Many of those who rest at Woodlawn created the foods, sounds and sights of summer.  For most of us, the season kicks off...

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The Great Fathers of Woodlawn!

The Great Fathers of Woodlawn! During the month of June we celebrate our fathers, and Woodlawn’s list of notables includes many men who are considered “the father of” -  individuals credited for inventing something, fighting for a cause, building an institution or...

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It’s Bronx Week! Celebrating the Beautiful Borough

  The Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the oldest institutions in the Bronx and is proud to be one of the eight National Historic Landmarks in the Borough.  Over the course of the Bronx Week celebration, there will be concerts, programs and events which honor Bronx...

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

During the month of May we celebrate the culture, traditions and the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  The first Japanese Immigrants came to the United States in May of 1843 and it was in the same month in 1869 that the...

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The Woodlawn Arboretum

For over 150 years, The Woodlawn Cemetery has been known for its collection of trees.  Our lot owners selected final resting places where trees would shade their loved ones.  Several families created “memorial gardens,” beautifully landscaped spaces designed to...

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Jazz Appreciation

People who are passionate about the arts often visit cemeteries to honor those whose creations impact our lives.  Those who love classical music will go to Vienna’s Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) to lay flowers on the graves of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and...

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The Luck of the Irish

All of New York City looks forward to the month of March when we celebrate Irish heritage.  Woodlawn is a destination for those who are honoring the lore of St. Patrick and the notable figures who came from the Emerald Isle. There are several commissioned monuments on...

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Women’s History Month

Over the course of the past few months, many of the incredible women memorialized at Woodlawn were in the news. There were stories including Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) during the election, articles focusing on the future of the Irvington mansion built by Madam...

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The Circus is in Town!

This month, New Yorkers will have one last chance to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring historic images of the circus with an exhibition on George Seurat.  Woodlawn is a wonderful place to visit to...

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Love Stories

Eternal Love When you wander Woodlawn’s grounds you will find unique memorials that tell the stories of those in our care.  During the month of February, we encourage you to discover some of the remarkable love stories of those at rest.  Wedding pictures decorate...

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Celebrating Black History Month

In 1926, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History designated the second week in February “Negro History Week.”  The annual commemoration was to be held in between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. From the onset, Arturo “Arthur”...

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Explorers of the Unknown

Explore Woodlawn Even in the coldest months of the year, Woodlawn is a place to explore.  On days when roads are clear of ice and snow, you can discover monuments and memorials that are no longer hidden from view by the leaves that fill our extraordinary trees.  ...

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New Year’s Resolution Pioneers

As the ball drops in Times Square, people all over the world ring in the New Year with anticipation and the desire to start fresh through New Year’s resolutions. Whether a person desires to improve in a certain area, attain a goal, or positively influence the lives of...

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Entrepreneurs Established Holiday Traditions

For many Americans, the fondest holiday memories are linked to giving gifts, looking at beautiful decorations and waiting in line for a turn to sit with Santa Claus.  During the holiday season and throughout the year, visitors to The Woodlawn Cemetery stop to see the...

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Sounds of the Season

Everywhere you go during the month of December, holiday music plays in the background.  These catchy tunes provide the backdrop and memories that go with family, fun and festive spirits.  Did you know many of the best loved Christmas songs were written and performed...

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Visiting Our Veterans

Monuments That Commemorate Their Service   Thousands of Veterans are memorialized at The Woodlawn Cemetery, many with traditional military markers, others decorated with symbols that illustrate pride of service, love of country, and willingness to make the supreme...

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Connections To Our Veterans

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, Madison Square Park, NYC As you wander around your neighborhood, our city, and even across the country, you’ll find parks, streets, and other public spaces that honor those who served in our nation’s armed forces. The dedication and...

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The Song Of History – Italian Heritage and New York

For many people, New York is indelibly associated with Italian heritage in America. The five boroughs of New York are home to vibrant Italian communities that continue to contribute an energetic artistic and entrepreneurial energy to New York. Leaders in the worlds of...

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Tex Rickard -New York’s King of Hockey

George Lewis “Tex” Rickard (1870-1929) was a towering figure in the sports history of New York. Generous, affable, and honest, Rickard left things better wherever he went, eventually gifting New York with the great hockey dynasty of the New York Rangers. Rickard grew...

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The Italian Influence at The Woodlawn Cemetery

"The Outcast", A.Piccirilli   Woodlawn is known for the beautiful sculptures and unique works of art. Peace, love, sorrow, and hope are what these delicate figures symbolize, many of them inspired by classic statues found in Europe.  Among the most photographed is the...

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Herman Melville and the Great Writers Of Woodlawn

September 28th is the anniversary of the death of the immortal Herman Melville (1819-1891). Melville is the author of classics such as paired South Seas narratives Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847) and the immortal classic Moby-Dick (1850). While perhaps Woodlawn’s most...

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Dreaming of Cooperstown

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY held its first Induction Ceremony in 1939. The hall honors the outstanding participants of Major League Baseball, and preserves the history, artifacts, and life stories of the great figures of the great American sport of...

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Hispanic History At Woodlawn – 4 Important People

Woodlawn Cemetery has a rich Hispanic heritage and we take great pride in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which starts in September and runs through October 15th.  First established by Representative Edward Roybal and proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson in...

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Women’s Suffrage

It’s turning out to be a hot political season. Here at the Woodlawn Cemetery, we feel that understanding history is vital to fully participating in our elected government. Many who rest at Woodlawn have been activists and leaders at the forefront of civil rights.Women...

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Celia Cruz – How the Queen of Salsa Changed Latin Music

At Woodlawn Cemetery, we take seriously the legacy of music. Many musical personalities lay at rest within our grounds, and we work continuously to understand their enduring impact. Even after these legends have left us, their work and messages unfold across the...

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