Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

Did You Know
The craft-beer brewing movement has a long history in Oregon, especially for providing the essential ingredient, aromatic hops, now nearing the harvest season. The Willamette Valley was, until the 1940s, the primary national source of hops. George Leasure, who is buried in the Eugene Masonic Cemetery, was a pioneer in the industry and planted Oregon's first commercial crop of hops in 1869.
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 to Donate
"Last Sunday of the Month" Open House

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association welcomes visitors to Hope Abbey from 1 to 4 pm on the last Sunday of each month.  Open 
to the public once a month except December, this mausoleum is a local treasure. At least two Board or staff hosts will be present to answer any questions you may have. Please stop by July 29th and say "Hello."

Music To Die For began its 8th season of free concerts last month, and they continue through October. On July 29th, come before 2, visit Hope Abbey and stay for the concert which lasts about an hour. Details of this music series are in this eNewsletter.

Located at 25th and University. Questions: call 541-684-0949 or email
Music To Die For Continues on July 29th  

Music To Die For continues in July. The popular music series hosted by the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association is in its 8th year. These free programs began as a way of thanking our many friends and neighbors for the support provided in helping restore the cemetery and Hope Abbey.

These free programs, featuring local musicians, are presented at 2 PM on the days listed. All dates listed are Sundays.
July 29: Tim Danforth, Carl Falsgraf and Barbara Healy
Three Eugene songwriters share original music rooted in blues, folk and Americana.

August 26: Grand Ronde String Band:   
Four-piece string band rooted in old timey and bluegrass elements of jazz, soul and country.

September 30: Ensemble Primo Seicento:  
17th Century music and period instruments.

October 28 Central Horns: 
A horn quartet playing a variety of music from Classical to Contemporary. Based at Central Lutheran Church, hence the name of the group.
Leading Ladies of Eugene
By Caroline Forell
Maude Kerns
Photo credit: Wikipedia

The Masonic Cemetery tells the City of Eugene's story from its humble beginnings up through today through the movers and shakers for whom it is their final resting place. Here are short descriptions of four women who helped shape Eugene into the special place it is today, including Mary Skinner, First Lady of Eugene, and Ruth Bascom, First Lady Mayor.
 Eugene Skinner was the first white settler in this area, arriving from California in 1846, settling on what today is Skinner's Butte. His wife Mary (1816–81) and their daughter joined him the following year. Happily, Mary had the sense to suggest the town be named Eugene rather than Skinner. With only a couple neighbors to rely on while her husband was away hunting or buying supplies, she must have been lonely and brave. You can find her grave in the Skinner plot under the name "Mary, wife of W. L. Packard" whom she married after Eugene died.
Susan Campbell (1857–32) was the wife of the fourth UO President, Prince Lucien Campbell. However, she was important in her own right for all her public service. Old Oregon magazine noted, "Every good cause found a friend in her." She knew hundreds of students personally and worked with the Red Cross, YWCA, disabled children, the elderly and more. When the 1918 influenza crisis hit the University, she labored tirelessly, visiting ill students and updating their parents. The University's Susan Campbell Hall was built in 1921 while she was still the President's wife. Both her vault and her husband's are located at the far south end of Hope Abbey.

Artist Maude Kerns (1876–1965) is probably the most famous woman to be buried in the cemetery. Click here for more on Eugene's Leading Ladies
John Bredesen
eNewsletter Editor
Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association, 25th & University, Eugene, OR 97405
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