History Blog

Grave Matters: From Graveyards to Memorial Parks

What is the difference between a graveyard, cemetery, memorial park, and mausoleum?

For the San Diego History Center’s third and last installment of “Grave Matters: San Diego’s Relationship with Death,” we explore these differences and the history behind Mount Hope Cemetery, Greenwood Memorial Park, and the first mausoleum built by the Benbough family.

All images are from the San Diego History Center Photograph Collection. 
Further research on this topic is available at the San Diego History Center Research Library and Archives.

Six Degrees of Kevin “Turkey” Bacon

You’ve likely heard of the popular game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon based on a real social theory suggesting that any two people in the world are linked by six or fewer acquaintances. The theory was first proposed in 1929 by Frigyes Karinthy, a Hungarian researcher, studying the urbanization of Europe after World War I, and was immortalized by John Guare in the title of his 1990 play, Six Degrees of Separation. Perhaps more immortalizing was when students at Albright College, while apparently watching Footloose, experimented with the game and the actor, Kevin Bacon. The actor also runs the charitable website, sixdegrees.org, as a “social network for social good.”