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Girl Scouts of Western New York

Stories in Stone Patch Program

Stories In Stone Patch"Stories in Stone" is an innovative educational program for Girl Scouts and students in grades 4 to 12 aimed at promoting the incredible educational resources of Rochester, New York's Mount Hope Cemetery. It is now available for Girl Scout leaders and teachers.

7 Program Goals:

  1. To celebrate the contributions of famous women buried in Mount Hope Cemetery such as Susan B. Anthony, Anna Murray Douglass, Daisy Marquis Jones, Georgiana Farr Sibley, Margaret Woodbury Strong, plus other great leaders
  2. To study in depth at least one woman buried in Mount Hope Cemetery
  3. To develop an appreciation of women as effective leaders and role models for social change
  4. To appreciate Mount Hope Cemetery as a local landmark and national historical treasure
  5. To discover other community cemeteries and appreciate their history
  6. To research and learn about careers
  7. To value the importance of community service and experience service learning

Program Materials:

  1. Binder containing biographical information about women leaders buried at Mount Hope Cemetery located at the GSWNY Rochester Service Center
  2. YouTube Video:  Mount Hope Cemetery 1838 Rochester NY
  3. "Pocket Guide of Mount Hope Cemetery" -- These are available free at Mount Hope Cemetery.
  4. Book: Buried Treasures in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester New York, A Pictorial Field Guide. Text by Richard O. Reisem
  5. Book: Mount Hope, Rochester, New York, America's First Municipal Victorian Cemetery. Text: Richard O. Reisem; Photography: Frank A. Gillespie

Electronic copies of the patch program requirements are available on line:

  1. Girl Scouts of Western New York website
  2. Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery website

Participants may need to have a journal, a camera, and art supplies depending on activities selected.

Stories in Stone patches are available for purchase at the GSWNY council shops or on their website:

For additional information, contact or call 1-888-837-6410.

Click here to download the Overview pdf file for Stories in Stone