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Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

In This Issue
Music To Die For Returns
EMCA Newsletters
Last Sunday Open House
Did You Know?
 When Ellis Lawrence designed Hope Abbey in 1913, he chose the Egyptian Revival architectural style. In the early 1900s, Egyptian funerary architecture was popular in America's  nonsectarian cemeteries. Hope Abbey's massive entrance archway, with bundles of papyrus on both sides of the doors and lotus blossom urns on the porch, is distinctly Egyptian.


Consider making a contribution through PayPal, available on our website. When you click below, you'll be taken to the EMCA website, where you can access the PayPal donate button. Help us preserve this important part of Eugene's history. Thank you. 



Music To Die For
This popular program of free monthly concerts will resume on June 24th. Performers are being chosen now.

All programs start at 2 PM on the Last Sundays of the month. More info will follow when available.
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The Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association (EMCA) came into existence in the mid 1990s. From that beginning, the Board of Directors realized that public knowledge of what we were planning to do in restoring the historic property was going to be essential to our success. Many people doubted that our small group of volunteers would be able to restore and operate not only the 10 acres of grounds, but Hope Abbey Mausoleum as well.

The result was a newsletter, published twice a year, and mailed out to a small group of supporters. Its appropriately chosen name:
Monumental News. Originally written by Board President Kay Holbo, it served as a conduit of accurate information to neighbors and supporters, many of whom were very happy to see some serious work beginning to happen in the seemingly derelict and sometimes spooky cemetery.

Board Member Karen Seidel took over the editorship sometime later, and continues in that capacity to this day. The number of subscribers has grown to nearly 2500.

As the internet became more a part of modern life, it was decided to create an "eNewsletter" which could be published more often, and would contain current articles and information. The existence of the free music series, Music To Die For, would benefit from current listings of performers. Board Member John Bredesen is the editor.

Occasionally we were asked about information contained in past issues of both publications, so it was decided to make them available online through the EMCA website. Click here to go to the Publications page. In the lower right corner are links to take you to either of the two newsletters. While you're on the page, check out some of the other publications relating to the the Eugene Masonic Cemetery.  
"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 March 25th and say "Hello."

Located at 25th and University. Questions: call 541-684-0949 or email
John Bredesen
eNewsletter Editor
Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association, 25th & University, Eugene, OR 97405
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