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Monday
Sep242012

An update to our Titanic Story

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Michelle Kratts has an update to a story we published in April.  Through the "magic" of the internet, she was able to procure more information Emily Hyde Biondi, a resident of our mausoleum.  Not only is Mrs Hyde the wife of Charles Hyde, who donated his land to the city of Niagara Falls to be used as park.  Hence, Hyde Park.  Mrs Hyde was also married to William Douton, a victim of the Titanic ship wreck.  Click here to see Mrs. Hyde's picture, and read the update.

Monday
Aug272012

Attention "Shutterbugs": Basic Photography Workshop to be held

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - The Friends of Oakwood have announced the first in a series of lectures and seminars under the Oakwood University banner.  A Basic Photography Workshop will be held Saturday, September 22 at 10am at the Oakwood House on the cemetery grounds.  Whether you have a camera/phone or a new dslr, you can sharpen up your skills with the basics in photography.  The class will be taught by Friends member Tim Maloney.  Tim and his wife Barbara have volunteered their services for a lot of our events, so if you have seen the Oakwood Cemetery website or FaceBook page, you have seen their work.  Click on our FaceBook Event for more information.

The Friends of Oakwood is a volunteer organization which helps the cemetery with public outreach projects.  Current projects include our Stunters Tours, the Wreaths Across America Ceremony, and some clean up projects on the cemetery grounds.  The Friends are also in the process of starting up Oakwood University. The first class under the Oakwood University banner will be the photography workshop.  Future classes might include Genealogy, memorial stone symbolism, cleaning and care of memorial stones, and the teaching of our tour docents.  If you are interested in joining the Friends of Oakwood email us on our contact page.

Saturday
Aug112012

Is Oakwood Haunted?

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) -  Judy Boratyn came from out of town to visit Oakwood Cemetery.  While here she took pictures of some of the unique stones we have in the cemetery.  When she looked at the pictures, she found things in the photos that she says weren't here when she took them.  You be the judge.  Very interesting.  Click the picture to the left to see the others.

If you have an unexplained photo taken at Oakwood Cemetery post it on our FaceBook page.  The experts at NF Paranormal would be interested in seeing what you have.

Saturday
Aug042012

Eagle Scout candidate helps locate Oakwood Veterans

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - John Goodnick is taking on a monumental task.  It's his goal to mark all the veteran's graves in Oakwood Cemetery.  John decided to take this on as part of his project to become an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.  He and a crew of 10 to 15 volunteers were out in the heat on Saturday, August 4, 2012 marking each known veteran with a yellow flag.  

Oakwood is proud to partner with area youth trying to make a difference in their community.  This past year Chelsea Coates and Lauren Devantier chose Oakwood when they were looking for a Gold Award project.  They acheived their goal last Fall, and the cemetery is all the better for it.

A big thank you goes out to John and his crew as he is on his toward his Eagle Scout status.

Monday
Jul232012

CSI: Cemetery Stone Investigation

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Our chief investigative team in on the case once again.  This time they have a cold case from the mid 1800's.  The mission: find the memorial markers of Asenath, Celinda and Angeline Whitney.  They are famous for having the outer islands at Goat Island named after them, as in the Three Sister Islands.  There is also a "Little Brother" Island named after Solon Whitney.  His grave is in Oakwood as well.  Will our intrepid investigators complete their task and find all four stones?  Read the latest installment of Kratts Korner to find out!