Monday, 16 March 2015

Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture

What: Presentation Taking Care of Business: The Mausoleum Promoter and the Cemetery
Who: Dorothy Smith is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Carleton University. Among her areas of research interest is the pre-World War II mausoleum industry in Canada.
When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Where: Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa
Summary: Beechwood Cemetery was established in Ottawa in 1873. Now almost one hundred and fifty years old, it is recognized for its naturalistic, pastoral and picturesque landscape. It features a number of prominent elements, among them the 1930s Gothic Revival Beechwood Community Mausoleum. While the Mausoleum stands today as an ornament in the cemetery grounds, this lecture will explore the intriguing story behind its construction as one of speculation, ambition, and ultimately loss for all involved.

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