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Using the medium of video, FOMH volunteers are creating a dynamic series of stories and virtual experiences based on our wide repertoire of research on Mount Hope Cemetery. We will enhance our stories with archival materials and photographs. Over the coming weeks and months, we will release these videos on our YouTube channel and website.

Presented by Mitchell K. Jones
Asa Anthony, a cousin of Susan B. Anthony, was a founding member of the Rochester Anti-Slavery Society. Pictured at left is the Asa Anthony House, located at 446 Post Avenue.
Poetry Recitation by Nancy Uffindell
"To the Dead in the Graveyard Underneath My Window"
written by  Adelaide Crapsey (1878 - 1914)
American Poet  (and permanent resident of Mount Hope Cemetery)

Presented by Joanne Mitchell

The Porter Family was integral to the anti-slavery movement and the operation of the Underground Railroad in Rochester. They assisted many escaped slaves in finding their way to freedom in Canada, and actively advocated for the abolishment of slavery.

Stuber family mausoleum
Presented by Joanne Mitchell

The fascinating story of Eastman Kodak's William Stuber is presented by veteran tour guide and scientist Joanne Mitchell. Joanne adds a unique insight into Stuber's invaluable contributions to George Eastman's work.

Presented by Patricia Corcoran

A series of unforeseen tragedies devastated the lives of the young Henry Rundel family, leading to mysteries and glimpses into family dilemmas within a typical middle class Rochester family in the late 1800s. Patricia Corcoran takes you to an overgrown hidden corner of Mount Hope to view the lovely white bronze monument of this family.

beautifully restored window

Presented by Chris Grooms and Valerie O'Hara

Watch the step-by-step process as this beautiful window is repaired.

fallen stones to be reset

An interview with Bill Yager, stone restoration specialist, in Mount Hope Cemetery


Restored cradle graves Mount Hope Cemetery Cradle Graves, 2020 -- A Photo Essay
By Margaret Miyake
We dedicate this video to our cradle grave gardeners, who worked so hard through the summer of 2020 to produce these "splashes of color and tradition."

Cradle Grave Gardeners Vol 1
Created and organized by Pat Sorce
This video is a collection of some responses received from gardeners when asked to share their cradle grave experiences.

katsura tree bud

Join amateur arborist Rev. Dr. Tom Jones as he walks you through the beautiful trees of Mount Hope Cemetery in early spring.

Tree Tour Part 1: Tom shares his vast knowledge and passion for such trees as the Weeping Norway Spruce, Norway Spruce, Black Walnut, Red Maple, and his favorite tree, the Cornelian Cherry Dogwood -- and more!

Tree Tour Part 2: This part of the tour features the Norway Maple, Weeping Alaskan Cedar, Upright European Hornbeam, Arborvitae, Dawn Redwood, and of course his favorite tree, the Cornelian Cherry Dogwood -- and more!

Tree Tour Part 3: Meet the False Cypress, Tulip Tree, Pignut Hickory, Northern Catalpa, Eastern White Pine, Weeping Mulberry, and yet again, Tom's favorite tree, the Cornelian Cherry Dogwood -- and more!

Tulip tree flowers and leaves           northern catalpa tree in flower.         golden rain tree in flower.         mulberry tree with fruit

 THE TULIP TREE           THE NORTHERN                     THE GOLDEN       THE MULBERRY TREE     
                                          CATALPA TREE                        RAIN TREE 

smoke tree blossom


A dedicated playlist of these programs is now available on the Central Library's YouTube Channel.
The Friends of Mount Hope present these programs in partnership with the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Click on the titles below to explore Mount Hope's fascinating history and cultural legacy.

presented by Marjorie Searl

portrait of Emily Sibley Watson
This presentation explores the life and legacy of Emily Sibley Watson (1855-1945). Best known as the founder of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery and Hochstein School of Music, new research has painted a fuller picture Watson's contributions, demonstrating that her philanthropic outreach extended more broadly than previously known. Watson's large inheritance allowed her to support institutions and individuals, establishing her as one of the first local women to chart the course of her own independent fortune. Recorded live on March 13, 2021. Presented in partnership with Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery.

presented by Patricia Corcoran

Lillian Wald portrait
The legacy of Lillian D. Wald continues long after her death in 1940. Her work as a nurse, a social worker, and head worker at Henry Street Settlement in New York reveals a life of pioneering contributions to improve the lives of the poor and disenfranchised.

presented by Deb Coffey

angel child sculpture

Historian, researcher, and cemetery enthusiast Deb Coffey explores the fascinating world of cemetery symbolism and iconography, highlighting the Victorian and 19th century symbolism found in Mount Hope and other Rochester, NY, area cemeteries. Discover how modern-day cemetery symbols have evolved.

East Avenue in Its Gilded Age
presented by Sally Millick

Hiram Sibley HomeEast Avenue in Rochester was once one of the most glamorous and beautiful avenues in the nation - a result of the city's boomtown wealth of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the families who built "country homes" on the "Road to Pittsford" also have permanent "estates" (or plots) at Mount Hope Cemetery.

 Hiram Sibley Home

Mount Hope Cemetery and the Rural Cemetery Movement: A History of...Everything?
presented by Dennis Carr

gatehouse viewed from gazebo
While intended to appear as a work of nature, Mount Hope Cemetery is our region's greatest example of romantic landscape design. Its form, function, and aesthetic was determined by social, religious, economic, and intellectual movements
of the 19th century.

The Death of Harriet Bentley in the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic -- A Family Grieves
presented by Patricia Corcoran

portrait photo of Harriet Bentley
The presentation details how family members dealt with the tragedy of losing a beloved mother and daughter in the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic. Speaker Patricia Corcoran compares and contrasts life in Rochester during the 1918 pandemic with our lives today living through the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Mount Hope Cemetery: An Artistic Legacy
presented by Christopher C. Conway

Weary Pilgrim sculptureExplore a selection of artistic works found throughout Mount Hope Cemetery and learn about the artists responsible for them, as well as local patrons and supporters of Rochester's arts community who have found final rest amid the natural splendor of Mount Hope.

Tales from the Crypts: The Mausoleums of Mount Hope Cemetery
presented by Chris Grooms

image of the Hylan Mausoleum
 Each of Mount Hope Cemetery's 85 mausoleums has its own story. Discover stories of philanthropists, artists, inventors, mayors, entrepreneurs, and everyday Rochesterians who commissioned mausoleums to help secure their legacies.