The subject of urban cemeteries, both private and public,
will be explored with a view toward greater understanding,
appreciation and stewardship of these evocative landscapes.
From Below the Ground \/ Up /\:
A Geologist’s Reading of Urban Cemeteries in NYC
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by The New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies
New York City has the most diverse geology of any city in the
United States. What role, if any, did geology play in the location
and design and maintenance issues of our historic cemeteries?
Older cemeteries, to some extent, preserve original topography.
They are also important places to study the processes of
weathering as well as the physical and chemical properties of
the stones used in monuments, mausoleums and gravestones.
With such a variety of cemeteries in the five boroughs, each
individual site is a geological educational resource. Mr.
Horenstein will share some historic and prehistoric clues
embedded in these unique landscapes to help us better
understand the physical character of their rich landscapes.
Sidney Horenstein is a geologist and environment
educator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural
History. He has been associated with the museum for
over 50 years and was an adjunct lecturer in the
Geology and Geography Department at Hunter College/CUNY for
25 years. A consultant to The Bronx County Historical Society,
he serves on the editorial board of the journal Evolution:
Outreach and Education, for which he writes a column. A
frequent lecturer, Mr. Horenstein leads field trips throughout
New York State and to local cemeteries highlighting the geology
of its stonework.
The Arsenal Gallery
Central Park, 64th St. and Fifth Ave., Third Floor
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