have good news and bad news. First, the bad news (Let's get it over quick): There have been no new stories at Stories From the Past since March 2019 . Of course, you knew that, so it really isn't news at all. Now the good news: I'm still here and gathering stories. In fact, I… Continue reading Where Have all the Stories Gone?
After the living were disposed of, their cemeteries were usually cataloged and then desecrated and destroyed by whatever means deemed appropriate. People first; then cemeteries.
The story of the golem is the type of myth that urban legends are borne from, but it is also the kind of myth that has the power to evoke fear and grow the seeds of hatred.
That's because they grow in them. At least at the Lindon Grove Cemetery in Covington, Kentucky, that is. The cemetery is named after the grove of Lindon trees that once grew naturally in this part of town, so trees are important here. Lindon Grove is not just a Cemetery. It's also a city park and… Continue reading Tombstones Don’t Grow on Trees
Preface to The Second Wife's Story (a biography) There is a sign hanging in my mother's laundry room. It says, "On this site in 1897 nothing happened." But who knows if that's actually true? Who's to say nothing happened on that site. Right there. You know, on that very spot right next to the washing… Continue reading In 1870, Something Happened Here
Too many years ago I wrote an essay. I wasn't really doing it just for fun, but I can honestly say it was the most rewarding essay I've ever written (for school, that is). That essay, titled Untold Stories, won second place in a department contest and put me on a journey of discovery that… Continue reading A Tale of Two Cemeteries
This year's cemetery month begins with graveyard poetry. For today's post, I begin with the end: the final stanza of The Jewish Cemetery at Newport by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was first published 160 years ago, in 1858, and contemplated an abandoned Jewish graveyard established nearly 200 years previously in 1677. Among Longfellow's contemplation, he… Continue reading Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time
Along with his other cemetery photographs, Bernie sent me three tombstones of literary figures. How did he know I majored in English? Perhaps Bernie is more of a kindred spirit than I thought. The first is a photo of Emily Dickinson's grave. I have few favorites when it comes to poetry, and Dickinson is easily… Continue reading 3 Graves, 2 Poems, 1 Ghost Story
I had already published my first Cousin Connection when I met Diedre MacLean, I just didn't know it yet. Diedre contacted me using Stories From the Past's Tell Your Story form after she discovered several name matches from the same cemetery where Kathy, wife of my cousin Chuck, had discovered a connection to me. It was Diedre's WordPress… Continue reading Cousin Connection #4: Evidence from the Grave
I’d like to give a shout out to Bernie Kubiak for freely sharing his photographs with us for Cemetery Month at StoriesFromThePast.com. His talent as a photographer comes from years of practice. A large portion of the photographs submitted by Bernie for cemetery month come from St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany New York. Bernie shares… Continue reading About the Photographer