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Welcome to the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery Web site.
FROM: Marilyn Nolte, President

Our organization has come a long way since its inception in 1980 when a small group of community-minded individuals met to form a not-for-profit association that would promote the revitalization of historic Mount Hope Cemetery. Much needed to be done. Projects were planned, funded, and executed in a professional and historically sensitive manner. Significant projects undertaken over the years include the restoration of the 1875 Florentine fountain, the 1872 Moorish-style gazebo, the 1874 High Victorian Gothic stone gatehouse, and the Charles Rau mausoleum. An ambitious tour program, exhibits, special events, historical research, volunteer programs, and other activities ensure the organization's continued visibility and reputation as a respected contributor to the Rochester community.

Much has been done, but much still needs to be done. Time is not necessarily the friend of Mount Hope Cemetery's marble, granite, sandstone, stained glass, wrought iron, and zinc, as well as trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. But here in 196 acres are the stories of Rochester's earliest inhabitants and 350,000 other notable citizens over time. Herein dwell several dozen species of birds and wildlife––all assembled in a priceless and mostly unaltered geological landscape. This cultural legacy is our inheritance. It needs to be nourished, cherished, and preserved for coming generations.

YOU CAN HELP. We ask you to join with us in the preservation of this oldest municipally owned Victorian cemetery in America. Your membership at any level is vital. The Friends is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We have no paid staff. Other than grants for specific projects, we receive no funding from local, state, or federal sources. All of your membership contributions and donations go directly into Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery programs. We have a small, but busy all-volunteer Board of Trustees. Please join us in one or more of our volunteer opportunities.

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery appreciate your interest in this great cultural resource, Mount Hope Cemetery. We hope you will join us as a member, volunteer, or donor, so that our vital work can continue.