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Woodlawn Conservancy September eNews. 
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Gearing up for an Eventful Fall 

Our brand new fall event brochure, and a look back at summer

We are pleased to introduce our newly re-designed fall event brochure. Inspired by the cemetery's fall landscape and variety of decorative elements, the new design is just the beginning of some exciting updates we have in store this year. Don't just judge the book by its cover, as the saying goes - do read through our fall event offerings to find the reason for your next visit to Woodlawn. 

Woodlawn Summer Camp

The Conservancy has always supported all manner of education initiatives, but last month was a first for us - we hosted... a summer camp!

Students from 3rd to 5th grades of Woodlawn Heights' PS19 spent two weeks on our grounds as part of a free reading intensive summer camp. The program was a continuation of an after-school program that uses Story Theater improvisational methods to foster creativity, confidence, and reading ability in young children. 

Story Theater activities were interspersed with reading and writing workshops that used children's books inspired by Woodlawn's famous residents, such as Duke Ellington and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. At the end of each day, the kids participated in a variety of activities organized by the Conservancy. Our gargoyles arts and craft activity was a big hit!

It was gratifying to see young minds absorb historic facts and learn about the accomplishments of great individuals in such a unique setting. As a culmination of the two weeks, the campers led the way from memorial to memorial, visiting all the people they had read about. They mimicked swimming up the hill towards Gertrude Ederle's stone on the Arbutus plot, had a lively recount of the two 'round the world' routes Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland took, and softly sang 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' on the steps of George M. Cohan's mausoleum. 

Even though the new school year just started, we are already planning activities for next year's camp!
Stone Preservation Interns Wrap Up Their Summer At Woodlawn
 
For eight weeks this summer, the Woodlawn Conservancy teamed up with the World Monuments Fund and the International Masonry Institute to provide opportunities for twelve Interns to learn stone conservation. Specifically designed to introduce young people (18-24) to careers in historic preservation, participants learn stone identification, documentation of monuments and cleaning, caulking and pointing of stone.

As a class project the team completely restored the Archibald Gracie Family lot which memorializes the merchant who lived in what is known as the “Mayor’s House,” a Civil War General who died at the Battle of Petersburg and Archibald Gracie IV, recognized as “the Hero of the Titanic.” The ambitious Interns also cleaned the Guggenheim Mausoleum, Piccirilli’s “Outcast,” and the center of the Straus family mausoleum. 

Two of the Interns will begin Apprenticeships at Woodlawn this month, working under the supervision of our Resident Craftsman, Robert Cappiello. This project was made possible with support from the World Monuments Fund, the Hickory Foundation, the Heckscher Foundation and the Dalio Family Foundation.

For a chance to see behind the scenes of our apprentices at work, join our members-only tour with our Resident Craftsman in November.
Upcoming Events

You can find our September events listed below. Email your mailing address to contact@woodlawnconservancy.org to be added to our mailing list and receive our bi-annual event brochure! To register for all upcoming Fall events, visit our website.
Bardekova Ensemble Concert
September 20, 3PMʉۢ FREE

Enjoy an afternoon of music inside Woolworth Chapel. The Bardekova Ensemble returns to Woodlawn with their Quartet to perform a free concert. The program will include selections of music by Irving Berlin, Miles Davis, and Celia Cruz, as well as classical composers.
Early Bird Walk
September 27, 8AM 

Join Tod Winston and Joe McManus from the New York Audubon Society for an early morning walk through Woodlawn and discover which species make the cemetery their home in the fall. 

The Augubon Society is extending their special member rate to Woodlawn participants. 
History in Images - Woodlawn's Illustrators
September 27th, 2PM

“Put it before them […] picturesquely, so they will remember it.” This was Woodlawn resident Joseph Pulitzer’s take on images’ role in news. This tour will trace the history of the emergence of cartoons and illustrations in newspapers, and showcase the many influential illustrators the Conservancy’s researchers have identified here, including Thomas Nast, JC Leyendecker, and George McManus.

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