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Homewood Cemetery: A Walking Tour and Musical Celebration

October 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday, October 28, 2017
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Advance paid reservations required by Friday, October 20, 2017:; 412-471-5808, ext. 527

PHLF members: $20.00 per person
Non-members: $45.00 per person (includes one-year complimentary membership in PHLF)
The walking tour is limited to 25 people. Reservations are required.
The performance and reception, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, is limited to 150 people. Reservations are appreciated.

Wear very comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
The walking tour route will follow the road and is moderately strenuous, covering both flat and hilly terrain.

Meeting location: Homewood Cemetery, 1599 South Dallas Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. This is the entrance nearest the Chapel, across from Aylesboro Avenue. PAT buses 61A & 61B stop at South Dallas and Forbes Avenues, half a block from the Chapel. (Please arrive by 1:45 P.M. if you want to use the restroom before the walking tour. The walking tour will begin promptly at 2:00 P.M.)

Ending location: Homewood Cemetery (same address as above).

This event marks the third annual collaboration between PHLF and Creative Expressions, an enrichment program for young musicians based at CMU and led by Jennie Dorris. As part of this class, middle and high school students are given experience working with community collaborators to create musical responses to the world around them. During this two-part program, participants will be able to:

  • Join Louise Sturgess, PHLF’s executive director, and Jennie Benford, director of programming for The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund, on a 45-minute walking tour of Homewood Cemetery. The 200-acre cemetery was established in 1878 and was designated a nationally accredited arboretum in 2014. Especially in late fall, the cemetery is a beautiful and peaceful place. Ms. Benford will highlight historically significant monuments within one of the most accurately preserved cemetery landscapes in the nation, and focus on musicians who are buried there, including Donna Davis, Erroll Garner, Walt Harper, and Gerturde Rohrer.
  • From 3:00 to 3:45 PM, young musicians from Jennie Dorris’ Creative Expressions class will perform original compositions inspired by the musicians who are buried at Homewood Cemetery. The performance will take place in the Chapel. Following a brief discussion with our young musicians, guests will be able to tour the Chapel and enjoy light refreshments.

Participants may attend the entire event or either part of it. Please make your intentions clear when you RSVP. Thank you.


October 28, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Category:
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633