The Unmarked Graveyard: Lamont Dottin
Hart Island, burial site for 1 million New Yorkers, opens to the public
The Unmarked Graveyard Episode Seven: Hisako Hasegawa
Episode Six - The Unmarked Graveyard: Cesar Irizarry
But early in his search he made a disappointing discovery: his uncle Cesar had died. So Angel embarked on a new quest, to learn what had become of Cesar during his long absence.
Episode Five: The Unmarked Graveyard - Dawn Powell
Like many who are buried on Hart Island, Dawn donated her body to medicine. When the executor of her will was asked if Dawns remains should be returned for private burial or cremation, the answer was no. By default, her body was buried on Hart Island. In 1977, the burial ledger listing Dawn was lost in a fire.
The Secret Cemetery
Episode Four: The Unmarked Graveyard - Documenting the Invisible
This week, Alissa Escarce sits down with Melinda to discuss the history of Hart Island and how it’s changed over the last few decades.
Episode Three - The Unmarked Graveyard: Angel Garcia
Stories from Hart Island | LIVE from NYPL
Episode Two - The Unmarked Graveyard: Noah Creshevsky
Episode One - The Unmarked Graveyard: Neil Harris
Like other New Yorkers whose bodies can’t be identified, he was buried in a mass grave on Hart Island, America’s largest public cemetery. For many, that would be the end of the story. But one day, a woman who knew Stephen from the park stumbled on his true identity. This is the story of where he came from, and the people who went to great lengths to try to track him down.
An artist’s Brief But Spectacular take on New York City’s family tomb
Hart Island advocate seeks to honor father's legacy
Plans to revitalize Hart Island in effort to welcome visitors in the works
One of New York's most infamous graveyard's will be converted into a park
New York's long-forbidden graveyard island to be converted to a park
A Potter's Field as a Public Park
City approves temporary placement for Hart Island memorial touchstone
Local advocates pushing for memorial touchstone on Hart Island run into roadblocks
Elsie Soto’s father died when she was 9 years old, and it took her more than over 20 years to finally find his grave. Now she’s hoping to honor all those in unmarked graves by placing a bereavement stone where her dad is buried, at one of New York City’s most mysterious and painful landmarks.
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Public tour of Hart Island
The Recollectors' Storytelling Program
Stories from Hart Island
The Hart Island Project Annual Public Meeting
Global Pandemics Touchstone Walk to Remember
The 3 mile Walk to Remember will conclude with a special blessing of the Touchstone at the Cathedral. A service of music and prayer will follow, beginning at 4pm. The stone will remain on view at the Cathedral until it departs early Tuesday morning for Hart Island in the Bronx.
Bronx Parks Speak-up
The Hart Island Project will have a table at Bronx Parks Speak-Up. Join us for our first in person event at Lehman College's Faculty Dining Room in the MUSIC BUILDING AT 250 BEDFORD PARK BLVD. Bronx, NY and learn about our new navigation tools and interpretive guide.
Global Pandemic Touchstone Walk on City Island
On Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 pm EDT, the Hart Island Touchstone Coalition (HITC) will stage the first in a proposed series of bereavement walks to honor the memory of those who have succumbed to the scourge of pandemic illnesses.
The HITC community will pull a hand-drawn carriage containing a granite Global Pandemics Touchstone donated to the Coalition by the nonprofit Peace Abbey Foundation on a course from Pelham Cemetery on King Avenue at City Island to the entrance of the Ferry Dock overlooking Hart Island Cemetery. The quarter-mile bereavement walk with the Touchstone, will bring together families and friends who have loved ones buried on Hart Island and who are seeking to have the Touchstone placed there in their loved one's honor.
HDC Six to Celebrate - Bronx Conversation with Past Awardees
The Historic Districts Council (HDC) invites you to an in-person event to discuss how to assist Bronx neighborhoods advance their preservation goal. If you are interested in learning about the preservation-related priorities of different communities, come hear from previous participants about their experiences with this program, their achievements, and their current priorities in terms of preserving the historic treasures of their neighborhood. The conversation will be led and moderated by Angel Hernandez and Samuel Brooks, co-chairs of HDC’s Bronx Borough Landmarks Committee. Thursday, October 13, 2022 – 7:00PM
The Hart Island Project Annual Meeting
Please join us for a progress report on our mission to open access to Hart Island and assist families and friends of the buried.
We're converting our website to mobile first and adding new navigation and location based storytelling tools.
We need your ideas for how to preserve Hart Island as a National Historic Site and National Monument
Bronx Parks Speak-up
Please join The Hart Island Project to learn about our work to restore Hart Island as America's largest natural burial ground and its essential place in New York City's Green Infastructure
On Hart Island: Past, Present and Future - On Zoom & In Person
The Roosevelt Island Library and the Roosevelt Island Historical Society are proud to host Melinda Hunt and her presentation on Hart Island. Melinda Hunt is President and founding director of The Hart Island Project in New York City. Her work led to ending 150 years of penal control on Hart Island. She is a NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in electronic art. She is a visual artist who works in a variety of fields and settings.
HIV/Aids The epidemic isn’t over!
The exhibition “HIV/Aids, the epidemic is not over” traces the social and political history of AIDS. Taking a retrospective and contemporary look at the epidemic and the mobilisations it has generated, it aims to contribute to the fight against it. Indeed, putting Aids in a museum is not to bury it; on the contrary, it is to reaffirm its relevance, as shown by the title of the exhibition, which takes up a historic slogan of Act Up: “The epidemic is not over!”
On Hart Island: Past Present & Future
Please join Melinda Hunt - interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and founding director of The Hart Island Project - to discover the historical significance of one of the most mysterious and beautiful places in New York City, Hart Island. During this interactive presentation, Melinda will share historical documents, videos, and testimonies to engage us with the municipal burial place's rich history - intrinsically connected in one way or another with all New Yorkers. Free event with registration.
NYC Women’s Fund Showcase - AIDS Burials on Hart Island
AIDS Burials on Hart Island series will premiere on NYC Women’s Fund Showcase on NYC TV channel 25, October 22, 2021 at 8 PM.
An encore broadcast will take place on November 19, 2021 at 8 PM
Open House New York 2021
In this episode of The Gotham Center for New York City History’s Sites and Sounds podcast series, Melinda Hunt talks about Hart Island, the small landmass that lies half a mile from City Island, in the Bronx, on the Long Island Sound.
Storytelling tools for COVID-19 Webinar
We’re please to announce the launch of our COVID-19 Initiative with new tools added to Traveling Cloud Museum for searching and claiming people who died from the pandemic in New York City and are now buried on Hart Island.
The Hart Island Project is working to end the stigma for families who agreed to a City Burial. Please join us on Thursday, September 23, 2021 @7 PM for a webinar on how to claim and add stories or photos about someone buried on Hart Island who succumbed to COVID-19.
Hart Island Suite Premiere
Jazz composer Anita Brown received a 2019 NYSCA award with support from The Hart Island Project as fiscal sponsor. The work was scheduled to premiere in 2020 and delayed due to COVID restrictions. Hart Island Suite tells the story of Anita's elder sister, Julie, who was buried on Hart Island before Anita was born.
Hart Island Poem wins Rhina Espaillat Poetry Award
Plough will announce the winners of its first annual Rhina Espaillat Poetry Award in an online event with Rhina P. Espaillat and Plough poetry editor A. M. Juster. The winning poet donated her prize to The Hart Island Project.
Hart Island Project Annual Meeting
The Hart Island Project annual meeting is open to the public and will take place on Zoom. If you were unable to attend you can watch it on the link below..