Why We Love Cemeteries

Fri Oct 27 2023 at 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm

San Francisco Columbarium & Funeral Home | San Francisco

Beth Winegarner
Publisher/HostBeth Winegarner
Why We Love Cemeteries
Join two cemetery-obsessed authors, Beth Winegarner and Loren Rhoads, for an evening exploring why we love these "silent cities" so much.
About this Event

Why We Love Cemeteries

Join us for a lively event that celebrates our deep fascination with cemeteries. Discover the allure and beauty of these resting places, as we delve into the rich history and stories they hold. From famous graves to buried history, this event is a must for cemetery enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Speakers: Beth Winegarner, author of "San Francisco's Forgotten Cemeteries: A Buried History," and Loren Rhoads, author of "199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die," "Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel," and many more.

Beth Winegarner is a journalist, author, essayist and pop culture critic who’s contributed to the New York Times, the New Yorker, The Washington Post, and many others. She is the author of several books, including Sacred Sonoma, The Columbine Effect: How Five Teen Pastimes Got Caught in the Crossfire and Why Teens are Taking Them Back, and Tenacity: Heavy Metal in the Middle East and Africa. Her newest book is San Francisco’s Forgotten Cemeteries: A Buried History.

Loren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel. She’s the editor of Death’s Garden: Relationships with Cemeteries and the new book Death’s Garden Revisited: Personal Relationships with Cemeteries. She’s written about cemeteries for Gothic Beauty, Mental Floss, Atlas Obscura, and more. She’s lectured about cemeteries at the Association for Gravestone Studies conference, the Horror Writers Association’s Stoker Weekend, and the Science Fiction Writers Association’s Nebula Conference, and at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California.

About the San Francisco Columbarium: Established in 1898, the San Francisco Columbarium stands as one of California’s most prized architectural treasures. The copper-domed, Neo-Classical columbarium is a hidden gem and an architectural wonder. The must-see structure was originally part of the Odd Fellows Cemetery and features a large rotunda, mosaic tile floors, ornate stained-glass windows and a domed skylight. The interior decoration and design of the columbarium follow the belief of the Odd Fellows, one of the world’s oldest fraternal societies, who saw death as something to approach without fear and funerals as events that should be ordinary yet dignified.

Date: Fri Oct 27 2023

Time: 18:00:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

Location: 1 Loraine Court, San Francisco, CA 94118


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San Francisco Columbarium & Funeral Home, 1 Loraine Court, San Francisco, United States


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