Theses (Historic Preservation)

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

January 2008


A thesis in Historic Preservation Presented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Degree of Master of Science in Historic Preservation 2008.
Advisor: Randall Mason


Laurel Hill Cemetery is an ideal candidate for an investigation of an innovative interpretation regime. It is a complex landscape that contains a wide variety of resources. Those resources cover a range of interests, holding an appeal for a broad potential audience. Importantly, the site is also recognized as one of great national and cultural significance.

Formal recognition of Laurel Hill Cemetery's cultural significance and contribution to the rural cemetery movement came when it was designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 1998. It was the first cemetery in the nation to be so designated and remains today an impressive 78-acre sculpture garden and historical resource. Like so many of America's cultural resources, however, the promotion and interpretation of the Laurel Hill Cemetery is not without difficulty.



Date Posted: 14 July 2008