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About the Friends of Hope Cemetery

The Friends of Hope Cemetery was founded in 1991 by a group of concerned citizens who wished to assist the city in the preservation, conservation and beautification of the cemetery. The Friends promote an appreciation of the cemetery with a wide variety of programs including historical walking tours, lectures, bird walks, conservation workshops and Arbor Day activities.

Significant preservation projects have included the Nixon gates, the James Norcross mausoleum and the Shaw mausoleum as well as restoration of the Houghton mausoleum, the Orlando Norcross mausoleum, the Bigelow/Stevens mausoleum and the Coes plot fencing and gate. In 2004, a capital campaign was launched in partnership with the city to erect a children’s monument and to design accompanying landscaping.

Through the advocacy of the Friends, Hope Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. This non-profit organization welcomes all persons interested in the welfare of the cemetery to become a member of the Friends Hope Cemetery.

News and Notes...   
The Titans of Worcester! 
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1pm
(Raindate Sunday, October 12 at 1pm
Join the Friends of Hope Cemetery for a walking tour around the grounds as we visit the gravesites of some of the most important figures who shaped Worcester in the 19th and 20th centuries!
There will be many names you recognize - Norcross, Whittall, Thayer - and other reformers, industrialists, merchants who were the movers and shakers of their time.
The tour is led by one of our resident Worcester historians, John Anderson and our newest Board member, Jan Parent, who is part of Preservation Worcester.
The tour begins at 1pm.  Open to the public and free for Friends of Hope Cemetery members.
Meet at the front gate and experience the fun! 


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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING the Friends of Hope Cemetery, please contact us to receive membership information.


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