Dorothy Wilkins’ Visit to Veditz’s Gravesite

Vlog by Dorothy Wilkins explaining her visit to Colorado for Deaf Women’s Snowshoe Retreat in Aspen, CO and her visit to George and Mary Veditz’s tombstone.  Includes pictures and short clip of Veditz’ Preservation of Sign Language film

Lot #236 Evergreen Cemetery 1005 S. Hancock Avenue Colorado Springs, Colorado

(there is about 1600 spaces in this block but it will be somewhere in the middle rows in Block 236)

NOTE: Henry Sanders via fb provided the specs re: Veditz’s burial place which i passed on to dorothy and she took the great initiative to visit the site.

photo by Dorothy Wilkins


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jean Boutcher
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 02:23:51

    Ms. Wilkins:

    I beg your pardon, Ms. Wilkins, but what do you mean when you said that George William Vedit needed “the Jewish tradition” to be buried in. Please explain.

  2. handeyes
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 05:16:48

    Hi Jean-

    im not sure if Dorothy will be by to see this comment but my impression of what she said and meant was – “leaving plastic flowers to honor Veditz didnt seem to be the right thing to do so it occurred to her to leave some stones as is the Jewish tradition” not because Veditz was Jewish but because it is a visible marker that people have been by to pay their respects. She also notes that they found a LARGE stone and that seemed fitting because Veditz made such a large contribution to Deaf history, Deaf culture and the preservation of sign language.

    does that help?



  3. PopeMistress
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 15:15:26

    Hi Patti- hope you will ask Dorothy permission to share the more close up photo of his tombstone pls? Then input on your blog + your profile on your FB pls?? Wow today it is George Veditz’s death anniversary!! Thanks for letting us all know!

  4. Shana
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 18:23:58

    Thought I’d let ya know that I’ve shared this on my FB. Hope that’s alright! -Shana

  5. handeyes
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 01:11:01

    Popemistress – have put the tombstone photo here. i did share dorothy’s photo of the tombstone in my FB wall a while back – u can check my photos in FB if u want (its cropped a bit here)

    re: anniversary of his death – it did not even occur to me yesterday when we filmed dorothy etc. just thought of it today when ruthie said she was doing a Deafhood workshop in Veditz’ honor and ruthie is REALLY good at paying attention to anniversaries and birthdays of our ancestors and antagonists soooo i checked and bingo – TODAY was the day Veditz died – wow!



  6. handeyes
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 01:11:42

    Shana – share share share. its public domain and im an open source kinda gal. knowledge is power, eh?

    and thank you



  7. DE
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 05:46:35

    Thanks, Patti, for sharing Dorothy’s vlog. What an inspiring idea- to visit the Veditzes’ grave…

  8. handeyes
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 03:08:40

    DE – i totally mised this comment when it came in back in march

    alot has happened since march eh – AFA had a graveside tribute to Veditz on his 150th anniversary on Aug 13, 2011 in colorado springs

    can u come out on aug 12 2012 to commemorate the end of his 150th birthday year??? and to ring in his 151?


    we need to celebrate our ancestors

    cant know where we r going if we dont fully celebrate where we have come from and just cuz it would be grand to see u again and colorado is real pretty!

    and heye its VEDITZ – he deserves the best and u r one of the best – and colin of course too



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