Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

What's In This Issue?
Job Opening
Burial Space Available
Please help!
Volunteer Information
Music To Die For
What's in a Name?
Amazon Smile
Mission Statement
Job Opening

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery is looking for a part time groundskeeper (60 hours/month). If
you or somebody you know might be interested in the position, the job
description and application procedure is posted: Click Here.
Did You Know?
. . . that Hope Abbey, Ellis Lawrence's masterful Egyptian Revival mausoleum, abounds with Egyptian symbols?  On your next visit to the cemetery, notice first the papyrus bundles on either side of Hope Abbey's massive entrance doors and the lotus blossom urns on the porch.  Then turn your gaze skyward and observe the features above the entrance archway. The circular disc represents the sun. The twin cobras denote death. And the vulture wings symbolize protection and maternal care.  In the early 20 th century, when Hope Abbey was built, Egyptian funerary architecture was a popular style in America's nonsectarian cemeteries.
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.
Volunteer Info

Interested in volunteering with the Eugene Masonic Cemetery?   
Contact Elizabeth
clicking here.    
The Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association Presents
Music To Die For
a free summer music series  
 ESYO String Quartet
July 28th at 2 PM  
Hope Abbey Mausoleum    
The Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) has been enriching the musical lives of youth in the area since 1934. Their mission is to inspire students on a journey of discovery through orchestral instruction and performance.  
ESYO's music education program offers instruction from beginning strings to advanced youth orchestras, giving students a progressive path toward artistic fulfillment. They provide need-based program scholarships to allow any family to participate, and also encourage private instruction with lesson scholarships. Partnerships with local school districts and other arts organizations create even more opportunities for young musicians to learn, grow, lead, and PLAY!
ESYO's Ambassador Musician Program encourages older members of the orchestras to become ambassadors and advocates for music education and performance, and to mentor younger students. It is from this group that we feature four great musicians for the next
Music To Die For program on Sunday, July 28th.  
Here's the rest of the 2019 Music To Die For lineup
August 25: Plum Lucky with Dianne Dugaw

September 29: David Gross & Friends

October 27: The Uncalled Four Bassoon Quartet

More detailed information on the 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.
What's in a Name?
Eugene Masonic Cemetery
When the city of Eugene needed a cemetery in 1857, it asked Eugene Lodge No. 11 of the Freemasons to establish a place where everyone could be buried. A research project by an EMCA board member acting as a liaison to the lodge located about 145 members of the lodge, or other Freemasons, who are buried there within the originally planned 5,000 burial lots, plus an additional 335 niches within the Hope Abbey Mausoleum, constructed later. The small number of Masons interred there span the years from 1855 through the most recent in 2016. Other burials and ashes are being regularly placed within the remaining available lots and niches.
The much larger number of burials have been for families and citizens, not only of Eugene, but also Lane County. Many prominent names that we find today in Eugene appear on the markers and monuments found as you stroll along the paths. An interesting challenge would be to take a small note pad to record the various types of symbols that you see on the markers along the way. There are a mix of various Masonic symbols, those of other fraternal organizations, and those of various faiths. (The cemetery has complimentary walking path maps to help guide you. They're available from the brochure rack near the front door of the small building just north of Hope Abbey.)
Each symbol is a story of its own related to the departed, who have been placed in the natural environment of the wooded cemetery which is lovingly being cared for by dedicated staff and volunteers. Following the guidelines established by the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association, we are looking toward preservation of the past as we move forward for future visitors to enjoy and contemplate upon the cemetery name as well as those departed placed here.
By Rich Maris 
Amazon Smile

Many of you have an account with But did you know they have a program to help support charitable organizations such as the Eugene Masonic Cemetery? It's called AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Eugene Masonic Cemetery every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you purchase at, you'll find the exact same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as at, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the EMCA if you so designate us as the recipient charity.

To use Amazon Smile, go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it easy to return to AmazonSmile. You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

More information about the program can be found 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)