Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

In This Issue
Last Sunday Open House
Music To Die For
Re: Memorial Day
Native Plant Irrigation
Did You Know?
One important Eugenean interred in Hope Abbey is Prince Lucien Campbell (1861-1925).   He served for 23 years as the University of Oregon's fourth president, during which time enrollment increased from 250 to 3,000. In 1914, he hired Ellis Lawrence, first as campus planner, then as founder and head of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and, finally, as university architect. 


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"Last Sunday of the Month" Open House

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association welcomes visitors to Hope Abbey on the last Sunday of each month except December, from 1 to 4 pm. Open once a month to the public, 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 June 24th and say "Hello."

And starting this month, Music To Die For begins its 8th season of free concerts at 2 PM. 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 Returns June 24th

This month will see the return of Music To Die For, the popular music series hosted by the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Assn. This will be the 8th year of these free programs which 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 are Sundays.

June 24: Carleen & Mike McCornack:
Singer-songwriters Mike & Carleen McCornack have been delighting audiences for over forty years with an engaging musical style that blends clear, expressive, harmonious vocals with sparkling acoustic instrumental accompaniments. Their wide-ranging repertoire includes many critically-acclaimed original compositions.
Themes of love, humor, respect for living things and natural beauty fill their performances, and they have been proven equally at home performing for families who know them from their award-winning children's recordings, as well as for adults who appreciate their musical depth and off-center humor.

July 29: Tim Danforth, Carl Falsgraf and Barbara Healey
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.   

Memorial Day Flag & Rose

With the weather ideal and good planning, our annual Memorial Day Open House weekend was a success!

There were flags flying on all veterans' graves, and it's estimated that about 100 people attended Taps up on the Public Square on Monday. We offered three different cemetery tours, each focusing on different subjects. All were well attended and our tour leaders lauded.

Hope Abbey was glorious with the sun shining through the golden windows, and the enormous floral display welcoming visitors into Hope Abbey was breathtaking. There were so many visitors that we had to rush out and buy an extra cake; three large sheet cakes weren't enough!

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association is proud to offer these open house celebratory days each year in honor of our veterans, many of whom fought and died defending freedom. We would be honored to have you visit next year.

Ever since the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association assumed responsibility for the cemetery almost a quarter of a century ago, one of our important goals has been to remove invasive plants and propagate native plant species, as time and funds permitted.
Part of that project, of course, meant planting new natives and keeping them healthy until they were well rooted. Several years ago we installed a large underground water distribution system which meant the landscaping crew didn't have to drag hoses (or buckets full of water) all over the 10 acres to water new plants. This has worked very well, but still required a lot of time-consuming manual labor.
One of the next projects the cemetery decided to do was to transform the main entrance at 25th and University into a place that reflected the beauty of the flora inside the grounds. Because we wanted this area around the entrance gate to look fresh and healthy throughout the summer, an automatic irrigation system was needed. Additionally, one side of Hope Abbey Mausoleum needed irrigating.
Now, through a grant from the Lane County Cultural Coalition, funding from other sources, as well as crucial input from our Landscape Manager, Wendi Propst, we have finished the work necessary to assure these two areas will remain bright and fresh through the hot, dry days of a Eugene summer. It also frees up limited hours of our talented landscape crew to concentrate on other needed projects. Wendi is happy with the results so far, so I'm sure the flora will be too. And, a hearty thank you is necessary to Denny Hellesvig for managing the project.
John Bredesen
eNewsletter Editor
Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association, 25th & University, Eugene, OR 97405
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