In this issue of Briefly:
- Shop AmazonSmile This Holiday Season
- Joslyn Castle Home Tour and Boutique Nov. 11-12
- Home History 101 with Kristine Gerber at MCC
- REO Inside: Chapel Tour at Forest Lawn Cemetery
Shop AmazonSmile This Holiday Season
Joslyn Castle Home Tour and Boutique Nov. 11-12
Joslyn Castle will host its 5th Historic Home Tour and Boutique Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12, from 10 am to 4 pm. Park and ride a shuttle from St. Cecilia Cathedral’s north parking lot to one of Omaha’s most historic neighborhoods: Bemis Park. The tour includes four sites – the Pittack home at 3402 Lincoln Boulevard, the Doyle home at 903 Mercer Boulevard, Augustana Lutheran Church at 3647 Lafayette Avenue and Joslyn Castle.
At Joslyn Castle, attendees can enjoy a holiday boutique with 20 local vendors offering gifts for men, women, children and pets on the first two floors of the castle. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or by calling 402.595.2199. Tour tickets also will be available at each tour location.
Home History 101 with Kristine Gerber at MCC
Do you know the history of your home? Restoration Exchange Executive Director Kristine Gerber recently taught a Metropolitan Community College non-credit class on how to research the history of a home. Forty-two attendees learned about the local, regional and national resources available. Missed it and need help?
- Watch this 38-minute YouTube video from Restoration Exchange Researcher Patrick Thompson about how to investigate the history of a property.
- Restoration Exchange also offers research services for those wanting to learn the history of their home. The cost ranges from $150 to $250 per property. For more information, contact Restoration Exchange at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REO Inside: Chapel Tour at Forest Lawn Cemetery
Restoration Exchange members and guests were invited to take a tour of Forest Lawn Chapel at Omaha’s Forest Lawn Cemetery Oct. 29 (see images by REO member Lisa Leise at right and below). Ninety-Two people attended. Nicholas Bonham-Carter, president of the Forest Lawn Cemetery Board, was on hand throughout the afternoon to answer questions. The chapel was designed by John McDonald. Construction began in 1913 and took two years to build at a cost of $100,000. Below the chapel, guests could tour the crypt. Bodies were once kept there during the winter months until the ground thawed so they could be buried.
Restoration Exchange also worked with cemetery staff to update its Notable Omahans list. You can download the Forest Lawn Omaha App for free and get directions to the final resting place of many of Omaha’s prominent citizens and learn more about them.
Throughout the year, Restoration Exchange offers members and the general public tours of places that one normally could not get into. Got a place you think would make a great tour? Let us know at email@example.com.