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Using Lead in Cemetery Restoration

For as long as it has been dangerous, lead has also been incredibly useful. Some historians refer to it as the ancient equivalent of plastic: impossible to live without, but also not that healthy for us. Lead was a popular…

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Illumine Partner Feature: Cherokee Garden Library

Historic Oakland Foundation has partnered with Atlanta HIstory Center's Cherokee Garden Library for Illumine. In this interview, Cherokee Garden Library Director Staci L. Catron talks about her work at Atlanta History Center, the Library, and its partnership with Historic Oakland…

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Meet the Artists of Illumine 2022

Illumine 2022 will feature the largest roster of artists in the event's history. Their work will engage with many different areas of the cemetery and its complex history, from the high Victorian gardens of the Original Six Acres to the…

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Going Greener at Oakland

“Historic cemetery” and “environmental sustainability” may not often go together in many folk’s minds, but at Historic Oakland Foundation, we recognize our responsibility as environmental stewards. The earth is a finite resource, and the negative consequences of climate change will…

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Governors of Oakland: Joseph E. Brown

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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Illumine Artist Feature: Valerie Crisostomo

Illumine 2022 runs April 21-24 and April 28-May 1. In this series, you will have the opportunity to learn about the artists, performers, and floral designers that will bring the cemetery to life with light, texture, and sound over the…

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