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Meet “Living Statue” Bob Seymore

If you've attended Sunday in the Park at Oakland over the past ten years or so, you've no doubt seen "Living Statue" Bob Seymore hard at work entertaining visitors while standing very still. We interviewed Bob about his unusual career…

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Oakland’s 2023 Youth Landscape and Hardscape Team

This year, Historic Oakland Foundation launched a new workforce development program. The Youth Landscape and Hardscape Team (YLHT) program is a six-week program that provides steady, paid summer employment, on-the-job training, and workplace skills that prepare students for the adult…

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Bringing Grave Mounds back to Oakland

Although Oakland Cemetery is known for its historic headstones and grave markers, many graves in the Cemetery are unmarked and are not easily identifiable. In the broader Southeastern United States, especially in the Appalachian region, graves (both marked and unmarked)…

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Road Repaving Begins at Oakland

If you’ve been to Oakland Cemetery lately, you may have noticed that its asphalt roads are in need of repair, with potholes and uneven gutters causing safety concerns for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles. That’s about to change. With over $2.4…

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Wow! That Sure is a Gneiss Rock!

Granite is one of the most common stone types we have at Oakland. It’s also one of the most common rocks on earth, making up the continental crust of our planet! Granite is an intrusive igneous rock, meaning that it…

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