Restoration is one of the two major activities of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. This initiative is supported by funds from membership, tour income, donations, and grants. Being a totally volunteer organization, we estimate that 80% of FOMH revenue will be used for cemetery restoration.
Gravestone Restoration Projects for 2023
Spanish-American War Section
Repairing downed or broken veterans’ stones is a priority for the FOMH. Funds for the restoration of the Spanish American War section were a gift from Sheila and Bryan Bishop in memory of Sheila’s maternal grandfather, Frank George Keller. He and his wife Nellie are buried in the Spanish-American veterans’ plot.
Section L is the largest of our 2023 projects. This extensive work is funded by a generous donation for historic restoration from Colleen Crowley and Jack Martin of Palm Springs, California.
Range 3/2, 3/3, 3/4
These areas, located on Greenleaf Avenue, mark the second of a multiyear project to repair Jewish sections in Mount Hope. Funds for this restoration are from the FOMH restoration budget and the Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust.
Section U work was completed in 2023. This initiative was supported by the Baum Family Foundation, generous donations by FOMH members Diana Marquis and Tom O’Neil, and FOMH restoration funds.
Section F along Indian Trail
This area is a project of the FOMH restoration fund.
This area bordering in Mount Hope Avenue is adjacent to Section S which was completed in 2022. This will be our last project of the season. This project is paid for by FOMH restoration funds.
Cleaning of the Ellwanger/St. John’s Monument
The three iconic monuments in Mount Hope are cleaned on a rotating basis by Ellison Conservation supervised by Peter Ellison. Proper care of these priceless monuments is paid for by FOMH restoration funds.