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Donations from generous individuals, combined with annual membership fees, enable the Friends of Mount Hope to conduct our tour program, maintain gardens and plots, and undertake special projects throughout the cemetery, including restoration of stained glass windows in the gatehouse and repair and uprighting of stones, monuments, and obelisks.

    In 2015 the Friends undertook two major restoration projects for which they must raise contributions totaling $50,000:

    The Moorish-Style Gazebo
       Built in 1872
    A 2014 inspection of the gazebo showed the terne metal (iron dipped in an alloy of lead and tin) roof to be in a state of serious deterioration. Restoration required replacement of the roofing material with lead-free metal, painting of the surface, repairs to the damaged finial, and application of the hand-painted design. All funds for this work must be raised by the Friends.

    The Civil War Monument
       Created by celebrated American sculptor Sally James Farnham
       Dedicated in 1908

    A 2014 professional analysis of the bronze Civil War Monument's surface determined the cause of its unsightly appearance to be the result of an ill-advised coating of paint, which should never be applied to bronze. In order to avoid further damage to the metal surface and return the monument to its original condition, immediate removal of the paint was necessary. Conservators completed work in mid-October. The improvement is astonishing:

                                             Before:                                     After:

                                      condition before restoration
           condition after restoration                       

    A grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation covered two-thirds of the cost of this restoration. The Friends must raise funds to cover the balance.

    Please consider making a donation to help the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery preserve these two historic treasures for future generations:

    Click the DONATE NOW button on our home page to make a gift through PAY PAL, or send your check (payable to The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery) to PO Box 18713, Rochester, NY 14618.

    To become a member of the Friends of Mount Hope, please download and print the application on the Membership Page and mail it with your payment to Membership, Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery, P.O. Box 18713, Rochester, NY 14618-0713.

    To renew your membership, please send payment via the US Postal Service to the address above.


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