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"Mourning in the Morning"
FOMH and Central Library

Sat., June 13 at 10:30 a.m.

The Death of
Harriet Bentley

in the 1918 Spanish Influenza
Pandemic -- A Family Grieves
Presented by Patrica Corcoran

ZOOM PRE-REGISTRATION:  You must pre-register with the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. All registrants will receive an email Saturday morning with log-on information approximately one hour before the presentation.  Click on this link to pre-register. (Then go to bottom of the page.)

Join us for this presentation as we visit a Rochester family and learn how family members dealt with the tragedy of losing a beloved mother and daughter in the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic. We also are able to compare and contrast life in Rochester during the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic with our lives today living through the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.

Patricia Corcoran has been in love with Mount Hope Cemetery and its history since she moved to Linden Street in 1975. Currently serving as president of the Friends of Mount Hope, she has been a FOMH volunteer and trustee for years, serving as a tour guide, speaker, and chair of many committees. Her writing and research focus on interesting women in Mount Hope Cemetery, epidemics, orphanages, and poor lots. She was an ESOL teacher for 30 years in the Rochester City School District and served as an adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo, Nazareth College, and St. John Fisher College. When not involved at Mount Hope Cemetery, Pat continues her love of history as a transcriber at the Seward Family Digital Project at the University of Rochester.


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placing flags on veterans' graves in Mount Hope

GE Values Vets logoOn Thursday, May 21, General Electric employees and veterans Tyler Ekwell (US Marine Corps), Ron Kerst (US Air Force), Kris Dytche (US Marine Corps), Steve Nichols (US Army, and Bret Robison (US Navy) placed over 500 flags on the graves of the Spanish-American War and WW1 veterans at Mount Hope Cemetery. The GE MDS GE Veterans Network (GEVN) group has done this for several years, and we are grateful.

GE Veterans Network team with flags

Tom Jones, Dennis Carr, and I from the FOMH had the opportunity to interview these men and hear about their military history. We were in awe of their service all over the world, their patriotism, and appreciation for how military service had given them the skills which are so valued in their current work in General Electric.

While these men came to Mount Hope to honor veterans of yesteryear, we at the FOMH pay tribute to each of them and their service to our country. They made us proud to be American.

Pat Corcoran FOMH

Click on Genealogical Services to find information about  assistance offered by Friends volunteers.


blue sky and mount hope trees
Interested in Mount Hope Cemetery's trees? 

Hop on the plantsmap website ( -- a website that hosts botanical collections) and search "fomh".  Then navigate to different plants and collections  identified in the cemetery. more...