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One for the genealogists

Share Halloween is fun. Between trick or treating, anticipating unique costumes (I once saw someone dressed as a flower pot), house decorations, long-suffering pets in cute getups and children double-whammied by excitement and sugar highs, what’s not to like? And while I don’t write about ghosts or vampires, this year will be a little different as […]

Mount Pleasant memories

Share Writers and artists have somehow always known cemeteries are a place of inspiration. Seattle-based writer Stacy Carlson, author of Among The Wonderful, shares her particular credo about Mount Pleasant. ——- There’s a blue-green house shaped like a barn on West Bothwell Street that’s half a block from a T-intersection. It’s a T because instead […]

Snapshots: Mysterious family crests

Snapshots: Mysterious family crests

Share Below is an unfamiliar carving that looks very much like a Finnish family crest. It was found on a Woodmen of the World headstone dedicated to David Lunden, born 1875 in Finland. Lunden later emigrated to the US to find work in the Black Diamond coal mines. On November 6, 1910, an explosion rocked the Lawson Mine, […]

Japanese kanji-style stones

Decoding the kanji stones

Share    In the September 24th posting on Weathering, vandalism & maintenance, I wrote about some cleaning options that could be useful for most cemeteries, with the exception of Auburn Pioneer. In this particular site, the lichen and moss add a unique Buddhist zen aesthetic to the delicate cement markers. Rather than destroy both the marker […]

Stones & Bones presentation schedule

Stones & Bones presentation schedule

The following dates and locations have been scheduled for Stones & Bones: Discovering secrets in King County’s oldest cemeteries.  All events are free and open to the public. Date:                     October 16, 2009 Time:                    11.00am – 1.00pm Location              Bellevue Regional Library Date:                   October 18, 2009 Time:                   3.00pm to 4.30pm Location:           4326 – 337th Pl SE, Fall City With:                   Fall City […]