Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Meet: Jennifer Dyer, Author of "Cities of the Dead"

The thirty sixth in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association


Cities of the Dead

I am a native New Orleanian who now resides in Hammond, Louisiana because Hurricane Katrina forced me to rethink about the safety of my family in New Orleans. I have been a student of history most of my life. I received my Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Loyola University New Orleans with a focus on history and political science. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Public History at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

My website, New Orleans Ancestry, has a page dedicated to the cemeteries of New Orleans and a brief explanation of what you can do to help preserve them. This is a subject near and dear to my heart. Many of my ancestors are buried in the cemeteries. It can be heartbreaking to see these tombs crumbling. The historic cemeteries of New Orleans are taken for granted by tourists and locals. People do not realize how unique they really are. The above ground tombs are a testament to Creole culture that has built and rebuilt New Orleans many times. I am just getting started in my quest of preservation, but the more I learn and the more resources I find, the more I can do. I will continue to progress both on my website neworleansancestry.com and on my blogs.

The history of this region, especially the New Orleans area, is a true love of mine both as a native and a student. It is a rich and captivating pursuit. In addition to my studies of colonial Louisiana, I have developed an avid interest in genealogy, anthropology, preservation, and archives. Over the years I have honed my skills as a researcher in all of the above subjects. I would love to share my experience with those who may not have the time or inclination to gather the information. I am a member of The Louisiana Historical Society, The Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society and Save Our Cemeteries. I have attended countless lectures at the Historic New Orleans Collection as well as historical exhibits, shows and festivals in the region. I regularly use the majority of area libraries, museums and archives in pursuit of information. I use all of these resources to my benefit in order that I may increase my knowledge on all resources available and how to access and use them. As a student of history, I am always hungry for new information and eager to pour over previously found information. It is a never ending job and one which I love.
Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, concerns or comments.

1 comment:

Sheri Fenley said...


I look forward to reading more about New Orleans cemeteries. Absolutely great information on your site! Thanks for being a Rabbit!