Episode 168: Live: America’s First Crematorium

Dave: …politics, and Dummy over here won’t remember all the names.

Gareth: That’s Dumb-eth.

Washington Female Seminary: 1836–1948, Washington, Pennsylvania, founded by Francis Julius LeMoyne and Alexander Reed:

The curriculum included both a preparatory course, which generally gained admission to the finest women’s colleges, and a regular course, with studies in music, art, and elocution. It was one of the few schools that taught the Bible from a literary point of view.

–the American female seminary movement: the first was Bethlehem Female Seminary in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1742. Bethlehem was also the first Protestant girls’ boarding school in the US. It was founded by a woman with a glorious name: Countess Benigna Zinzendorf.

Benigna Zinzendorf. Zin-zen-dorf. Say it with me, slowly.

If I ever get a cat, you know what its name will be.

Is it just me, or does the Lemoyne House look like a brick oven? Aw, c'mon, you know it does.

Is it just me, or does the Lemoyne House look like a brick oven? Maybe like a crematorium brick oven, with handy windows for the viewing public? You know it does, don’t lie.

See that beard? That is the beard of a man who cares about what corpses are doing to your drinking water. (That morbid beard keeps that man up at night.)

See that beard? That is the beard of a man who cares about what corpses are doing to your drinking water. (That morbid beard keeps that man up at night.)

The LeMoyne Crematory: built in 1876 on LeMoyne’s own land, atop Gallow’s Hill, Washington, Pennsylvania–Francis LeMoyne was the third person to be cremated there, in 1879.

American Anti-Slavery Society (1833–1870): the omnibus of their newsletter, The Anti-Slavery Examiner, is available by free ebook thanks to Project Gutenberg

The Antislavery Literature Project: excellent original source archive–includes slave narratives and tracts, essays, and speeches

Eating hearts: We have been here before, Rubes, o yes we have, tie on a napkin. Hearts get a little juicy.

Cremation: The Treatment of the Body After Death * Sir Henry Thompson

Sir Henry Thompson, surgeon, whose mustache game was TIGHT

Sir Henry Thompson, surgeon, whose mustache game was TIGHT

Session 9: as I have said, the creepiest horror movie to embody recurring themes of The Dollop: cremation (and the mishandling of cremains) and lobotomy.

more recommended horror, this time tv: Criminal Minds episode “Mosley Lane”, Season 5, Episode 16. Trust me, it’s directed by Matthew Gray Gubler (who plays Dr. Spencer Reid), and he infused it with this eerie fairy tale veil…perfect for this episode…and for the Lamb Funeral Home.

And the big conundrum of the columbarium:

ashes are stored in an urn, the columbarium is both the ledge provided for display and storage and the public building or wall housing said ledges. They can be either free-standing, or part of a larger mausoleum. Think of a columbarium as people cubbyholes.

Momma got you: Easy Bake Oven, right here. For all of Barbie and Ken’s end of life needs.

Oh, yeah, and that “brilliant” crops’  fertilizer idea? Soylent Green. Hard pass. No.

Bands from this episode (so many bands):

  • Cremation Clickbait
  • Toxins of the Dead
  • Memento Mori
  • People Pyre
  • Swamp Wizard
  • Angel Dust
  • The Unwashed
  • Dynamiting the Dead
  • Screaming Methodists — I propose a combo: Angel Dust and the Screaming Methodists. Who’s with me?
  • Crematorium Construction

Cultural references from this episode:

P. S. That Alcott character involved with the Theosophical Society at the Masonic Temple in New York City, Transcendentalism meets cremation? His full name was Amos Bronson Alcott. His daughter‘s name was Louisa. Louisa May. She wrote the Little Women series. Yes, you can get from death as entertainment to Little Women in two or three (depends on how you count) degrees. It is all connected. See, I’m not crazy. Now, kindly undo these straps.

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This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.

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