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NEW! Public Walking Tour: "STONES THAT TALK"

Sep 23, 2017
Crown Hill Cemetery, 3400 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 4620, Indianapolis, Indiana

Please join us for this new tour, "STONES THAT TALK"

✵ WHAT: Public Walking Tour featuring fascinating contemporary symbolism used on thousands of markers and memorials throughout Crown Hill. It will cover about one mile at a comfortable pace for most.

✵ WHEN: 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, September 23, 2017

✵ DESCRIPTION: This interesting driving and walking tour will include some of the sections on the north side of 38th St. not typically included on tours, as well as the Crown. It's a variation of the Victorian Symbolism tour on June 24 which focuses on symbols on monuments and what they mean. Many of the earlier monuments have flowers, wreaths, weeping willows, draped flags, angels, lambs, etc., which all symbolize something. On this tour we'll focus on contemporary monuments and markers which often feature engravings of literal representations that reveal the life of the deceased, as well as stones that are actually shaped to represent that person's interests. A few engraved examples are dogs, planes, pianos, boats, cars, music notes, birds, photographs, etc., and there are monuments shaped like barns, houses, etc. One monument featured on the tour is the unique stone shaped like a large tennis net with a tennis racket for Stan Malless (1914-2012), who is buried on the Crown down the hill from James Whitcomb Riley. Mr. Malless was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and as symbolized here, Indianapolis's "Mr. Tennis." He made major contributions to the sport locally, nationally, and internationally. He also brought professional tennis to Indianapolis and was responsible for the building of the downtown tennis stadium and getting tennis reinstated as an Olympic sport.

✵ SEE THE SUNSET from the top of the Crown!!!

✵ WHERE TO MEET: right inside the 34th St. and Boulevard Place stone gate entrance in front of the historic (1885) red brick Waiting Station building. The 34th St. Gate is noted with a red marker on the south grounds on this map: http://goo.gl/Z7g2i (you may have to copy & paste it into your browser's address bar). Your tour guide will then lead the group to park where the tour will begin.

✵ COST: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students (school age, under 18). IMPORTANT: reservations and advance sale tickets are NOT required. (We receive lots of calls about this and it's true!)

✵ DOGS & KIDS IN STROLLERS: very friendly pooches on leashes and kiddos in strollers are welcome. (Note that you MUST pick up after your dog.)

✵ WATER AND INSECT REPELLENT: if it gets hot please bring bottled water and wear insect repellent if desired.

✵ WHEELCHAIRS, GOLF CARTS, ETC.: Crown Hill does not provide wheelchairs or golf carts. Feel free to use your own wheelchair but be aware that your tour will most likely include rolling hills. The walk to the top of the Crown is short but very steep and it's not advisable for wheelchairs or those with health conditions. Fortunately, what goes up comes down and you can wait at the bottom to catch up when the group returns.

✵ RAIN: In the event of rain, some events may be cancelled. Public Tours are usually held in the rain as long as it's not severe.

✵ THANK YOU! Did you know that your attendance of our tours and events supports the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation? Check out the restoration and educational programs funded by the Foundation at CrownHillHF.org.

For more info, email Marty Davis at mdavis@crownhill.org

For a complete list of our PUBLIC TOURS & EVENTS for 2017 (with photos!), please visit:

Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery
Web: CrownHill.org
Facebook: CrownHill.org
Twitter: @CrownHill_FHC

Crown Hill Heritage Foundation
Web: CrownHillHF.org
Facebook: CrownHillHeritageFoundation
Twitter: @CrownHillCem

Crown Hill Tour Guide & Historian Tom Davis tweets history, pics, & trivia: @CrownHillTom

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS with “CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary”
In celebration of Crown Hill's 150th Anniversary, Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and Indiana Historical Society Press have published a fantastic coffee table book that’s been chosen as the SILVER PLACE WINNER in Foreward Review's prestigious "BOOK OF THE YEAR" Contest in the Regional Category!

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a beautiful 380-page coffee table book which tells the story of our nation's third largest non-government cemetery from it's founding in 1863 (during the Civil War) until today. Authors Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder cover many topics including extensive history, personal and poignant stories, natural history, and numerous vignettes of individuals and families who rest within its historic Gothic gates. It features over 600 beautiful, full color photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, including a number of aerial photos of Crown Hill that will capture your attention as they allow you to see Crown Hill as you've never seen it before! Author Douglas Wissing beautifully weaves together 150 years of Crown Hill history with local and state history, creating the context which allowed Crown Hill to become the "City on the Hill" - the final resting place of many of our pioneers, civic leaders, politicians, musicians, actors, artists, automotive manufacturers and Indianapolis 500 notables, military and public safety heroes, and countless others.

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is available for purchase at the Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery office during regular office hours or may be ordered off of either website. The total cost is $40 per book, or $50 if mailed. You may also order you copy by phone or by mail for $40 each and pick your book up at the Funeral Home and Cemetery office Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at development@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-4165.

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