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President of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery

It is a great honor to lead the Friends as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary! In the past 40 years the Friends have made incredible contributions to preserve this national landmark.  Our mission is to optimize the cemetery's potential as a cultural resource through education, preservation, and promotion of Mount Hope Cemetery's unique heritage.

We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid employees. Our Board members and volunteers are dedicated and enthusiastic. We all share a passion for historic preservation and education, and we love what we do. Mount Hope is an invaluable resource, and we want our local citizens and visitors as well to appreciate the history of our community and celebrate the contributions that the residents of Mount Hope made to our nation's history.

In the past year we have repaired and uprighted 340 gravestones – all of this work done by professional craftspeople with credentials for historic preservation. This is expensive – but once these repairs are made, we are committed to preserving what we have invested in.  The funds for this delicate work come from our membership income as well as community grants and donations.

Our commitment to education is reflected in our rich tour program – from our walking tours three times a week during the spring, summer, and fall, our weekday tours for school children and adult groups, our private tours, bus tours, and our year-round speakers bureau where our knowledgeable tour guides go out into the community to give talks.

We are dedicated stewards of this rich resource. You will find us planting trees, landscaping areas, tagging trees, and working on anti-erosion programs. We preserve the habitat for our native plants, trees, and wildlife.  Our new cradle grave program, led by gardening volunteers, has added splashes of color amid venerated graves.

We appreciate your support. Become a member, join us for tours, donate to our projects. Take a walk in this vast wonderland and enjoy its beauty throughout each season. Visit our website often,  and our Facebook page. And become a volunteer!  We would love to have you.

Mount Hope Cemetery has been a community treasure since its founding in 1838, and it belongs to each of us!