Saturday, February 13, 2010

Newsletter Review--The Arch

The Arch. Green-Wood Historic Fund. Winter 2010.

The Arch is a newsletter published by the Green-Wood Historic Fund to keep people up to date on the happenings at Green-Wood Cemetery located in Brooklyn, NY. Green-Wood encompasses over 450 acres and is the final resting place of over 550,000 people. This is a beautiful newsletter, professionally published and printed and loaded with full color photos

The issue starts off with an update on the competition for an "Angel of Music" that will adorn the grave of composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Next up is a photo article titled "Restoration in Progress" which documents work being done in the cemetery including much bronze work. A listing of spring 2010 events is also included for those lucky enough to live close by. Green-Wood is the final home for many artists and the Historic Fund has made a goal of collecting work by these men and women. A brief article on this is included. In 1934 the S. S. Morro Castle, a luxury cruise ship, caught fire off the coast of New Jersey killing 135 people. Captain Robert Willmott, who had died just hours before the fire, in interred in Green-Wood and a brief article discusses this.

For those of us with an interest in the American Civil War Green-Wood is a treasure. This issue of The Arch includes several items of interest. Gilbert Elliott was the builder of the CSS Albemarle, a very successful, but short lived, battleship. When he died in 1895 Elliott was buried at Green-Wood Cemetery. Also included is a brief write up discussing John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry and the fact that John Cook, who was hanged for his part in the raid, is buried in Green-Wood.

For those wishing to know even more about Civil War soldiers buried at Green-Wood you should consider the following items they have for sale. Final Campground is a collection of writings by soldiers identified as being buried in Green Wood. In addition now available is an updated cd with a biographical dictionary of over 4,300 identified soldiers who are buried there. If these are of the quality of the newsletter they would be nice items to have.

If you are interested in cemeteries or their history I can highly recommend joining this group.

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