The Buckhead Heritage Society will host co-author Erica Danylchak to discuss and sign her new book, “Grave Landscapes: The Nineteenth-Century Rural Cemetery Movement,” June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead.
Buckhead Heritage is a nonprofit whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in the community by identifying, preserving and promoting its historic resources.
“Grave Landscapes” was released in March, and both Danylchak and her co-author, the late James R. Cothran, have deep Buckhead ties. Danylchak was the executive director of Buckhead Heritage for six years after working at the Atlanta History Center, and Cothran was a highly respected local landscape architect and author in the area. Danylchak was very involved in Buckhead Heritage’s ongoing stewardship of the Mount Olive Cemetery on West Paces Ferry Road, as well as several other local cemeteries.
She will discuss the inspiration for rural cemeteries, their physical evolution, the nature of the landscapes they inspired and the value of these cemeteries in the 21st century. Georgia has several rural cemeteries, including Rose Hill in Macon and Bonaventure in Savannah. Danylchak’s book addresses the history of these types of cemeteries and how their creation shaped current philosophies about cemeteries.
Lecture tickets are $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and refreshments will be served. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.buckheadheritage.com or call 404-467-9447.