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The Effects of Acid Rain at Oakland

Why do some headstones at Oakland look more weathered than others? Why are some crisp and as easy to read as the day they were carved while others appear to have melted? The primary reason for this has to do…

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A Summer of Storytelling

I love stories. I can spend hours reading blurbs on the back of books or watching movie trailers because I love the feeling of something capturing and enticing me. Telling history is, in essence, storytelling. There is a plot, there…

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Oakland: The Cemetery that Keeps Me Growing

In July 1974, a ten-year-old boy playing putt-putt golf near Annapolis, Maryland, observed a former vice-president swinging away at the adjacent driving range. The young boy asked Spiro Agnew for his autograph. As he signed the back of my scorecard, Mr. Agnew…

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Governors of Oakland: John Brown Gordon

Oakland Cemetery is home to many important mayors, celebrities, and public officials. Among these individuals are six governors who today reside inside its hallowed grounds. This blog series will explore these six men: their successes, their failures, and their impact…

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Learning about Juneteenth

The 1863 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation established freedom for those men, women, and children held in bondage in the Confederate states. But, in reality, the proclamation didn’t instantly free any enslaved people. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon…

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