Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

What's In This Issue?
Did You Know?
Burial Space Available
Please help!
Music To Die For
True Confession
Volunteer Information
Mission Statement
Did You Know?

Not all grave markers are created equal. Go to any cemetery and you will find most monuments made of stone. However, in 1870, the Monumental Bronze Company started making markers out of zinc. They were cheaper than stone, and could be customized for the individual. Though they were zinc, they were referred to as white bronze, a much more elegant description. There are four in the Masonic Cemetery. Can you find them?
Burial Space

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery has available space for burials and cremations. Email Sally Dietrich at for more information. Or call 541 684-0949

Our maintenance and restoration work takes planning and it takes money. A significant portion of our revenue comes from the sale of plots and crypts, but that's not enough. We try to obtain volunteer and grant support as much as possible, but we need additional revenue to carry on this important work. For that, we have to rely on friends such as you to help.
We thank you for all your past support, and we ask you to be as generous as possible in supporting us now. Click here to donate.
The Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association Presents
Music To Die For
a free summer music series

Jim Murphy, Dianne Dugaw, Judy Ness
August 25, 2019 at 2 PM
Hope Abbey Mausoleum 
Dianne Dugaw, Jimmy Murphy, and Judy Ness play upbeat and spicy Alt.Country, Folk, and Americana-traditionals and originals with guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and rich harmony vocals.
Dianne has played instruments since 1st grade: piano, organ, banjo, guitar, harmonica, recorders, and recently, marimba. She has collected songs in the Ozarks, performed in concerts and festivals, and loves songs and tunes of all kinds, from traditional to country, from rock 'n' roll to baroque arias and Gregorian chant.
Jimmy, a musician since he was 10, played cornet in band and then learned guitar, bass, ukulele and drums. His musical tastes run the gamut from power pop to classical.
Judy is a singer who plays mandolin and enjoys a cross current of music from rock, pop, jazz, country, old-time, folk and alternative genres. She appreciates a groove and harbors a secret love of torch songs.
Individually, the members of PLUM LUCKY have performed in various bands in Eugene over the last 20 years. Their concert will showcase pieces popularized by such singers as Patsy Cline, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, the Everly Brothers, and Doc Watson, as well as original compositions and longtime traditional folk and gospel favorites.

Here's the rest of the 2019 Music To Die For lineup
September 29: David Gross & Friends

October 27: The Uncalled Four Bassoon Quartet

More detailed information on these musical offerings will be forthcoming.

There is extremely limited parking on the cemetery grounds, so park on Potter Street near 26th Ave., or at the cemetery entrance at E 25th and University. Gates open at 1pm for those who need assistance getting to the Abbey. Great acoustics. Arrive early to get a seat.

Confessions of a Taphophile
Garrison Cemetery, Kandy, Sri Lanka

I have always been drawn to cemeteries, the older the better.   There is so much to offer in the midst of an old cemetery: a tangible reminder of what has gone before us, a glimpse into the lives and choices of our ancestors, history at its most accessible.
I have been known to slip away from planned activities to visit a new (to me) cemetery, whether on the slopes of Mt. Adams while picking huckleberries, a trip to Boston for a college graduation, or, very recently, during a 3-week trip to Sri Lanka. I have discovered that cemetery travel is a thing-trips planned around visits to cemeteries-whether it is to visit grand and solemn sites such as Arlington during a trip to Washington DC or the American Cemetery in Normandy, France or slightly more irreverent travels to the St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans (a la Easy Rider), or a pilgrimage to Marilyn Monroe's grave site in Westwood Village, Los Angeles.
I personally love the accidental discovery of an unusual or unique cemetery. One such cemetery is the British World War II cemetery in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, which commemorates military men and women who died during a bombing raid by the Japanese. It was totally unexpected and very moving. Another was a serene and beautifully tended cemetery in the midst of the busy city of Kandy where Hindu, Buddhist and Christian families are interred side by side which I discovered when we pulled over to try to figure out where we were. Both are examples of what I like best about cemeteries: a chance encounter with pieces of history that I could not have imagined.
I have taken out-of-town guests on walking tours of the Eugene Masonic Cemetery and have encountered other travelers in our cemetery. There is so much to discover, admire and ponder. The monument to Wiley Griffon, an African American street car driver and home owner who lived in Eugene during a time when racism was codified in the Oregon Constitution, is not far from the family crypt of John Whiteaker, supporter of the South during the Civil War and the first governor of the state of Oregon when the hateful wording was enacted. Stop to admire the strength and fortitude of the earliest pioneer families while being shaded by tall Douglas-fir trees that were not yet present when the cemetery was first founded. Listen to the wild life while wondering at the amazing artwork found on the grave markers.

It goes without saying, although I do say it often, that the Eugene Masonic Cemetery is a true treasure, and I am so very pleased to have become a part of the continued efforts to showcase its unique nature. It is all so very wonderful and is easily available-no long plane rides or treacherous motorcycle trips-on our community. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Elizabeth Southworth
EMCA Board Member

Volunteer Information  
Interested in volunteering with the  
Eugene Masonic Cemetery?  
EMCA is sponsoring a series of grave marker cleaning work parties, to be held on the last Monday of each month beginning August 26 and continuing on  
September 30th   
October 28th  
November 25th   
This is part of an effort to highlight the historical significance of the many families and individuals buried in our cemetery.  The markers can be considered works of art as well as tangible messages from the past, and deserve to be showcased. 
The August work party will be from 9 to noon. Future start times will be announced in this eNewsletter as they become available. 
Please gather at the EMC Cottage at 9AM for the August work party. No experience is necessary, and all of the necessary equipment and direction is provided. Work gloves and sun hats are recommended. Questions can be directed to  Hope to see you then!    
Contact Elizabeth for more information or questions 
by clicking here.    
John Bredesen, eNewsletter Editor
Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association
Mission Statement 
To restore, rehabilitate, maintain, interpret and operate the historic Eugene Masonic Cemetery and Hope Abbey Mausoleum as a cultural and natural resource for the community.

The cemetery is operated for the public benefit,  
but it is private property.
(A 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization)