Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

In This Issue
Memorial Day Activities
Work Party
Sacred Harp Sing
Music To Die For
Did You Know?  
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces .  The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. (Wikipedia)

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery predates the Civil War by two years.
The Eugene Masonic Cemetery has available space for burials and cremations. For cremains, we offer the Scatter Garden, niches within Hope Abbey and in-ground burials. Email to Administrator Sally Dietrich for more information, or
call (541) 684-0949.
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Memorial Day Flag & Rose
   You are invited to attend our annual Memorial Day Weekend Open House, May 23, 24, and 25, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hope Abbey Mausoleum will be "dressed to the nines" and the cemetery naturally beautiful with green grass and Spring flowers. Flags will be placed on all Veterans' graves.


We will be commemorating the 150th Anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the End of the Civil War. Our title for this three-day event is "Remembering the End of the Civil War."  




All Three Days (May 23, 24 & 25) at 12:00 Noon

Veteran Adrian Vaaler will play "Taps" in the Public Square
at the top of the hill. Arrive a little early to hear him perform his moving interpretation on his cornet.


All Three Days, 10:00 - 4:00

* Displays in Hope Abbey

* Cake and Coffee served in Hope Abbey

* Children and adults can participate in the Veterans' History Hunt.

* Self guided walking tours on cemetery paths (maps available in    Hope Abbey)


Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th from 10:00 - 4:00

In Hope Abbey, Carol Houde will display a beautiful 1860's dress that could have been worn as a wedding gown. Carol has more than 40 vintage dresses in her collection. She will be on hand to answer your questions.


Sunday, 12:05

Immediately following "Taps" in the

Public Square, President Abraham Lincoln will deliver his profound Second Inaugural Address. Portland actor Steve Holgate, praised as "the best Lincoln in America," will perform. Thanks go to Bob Hart, Executive Director of the Lane County Historical Society, for arranging to have President Lincoln here.  


Sunday, 3:00

In Hope Abbey, William and Carla Coleman, professional entertainers and recording artists, will present original and period Civil War music and readings through a series of expertly crafted vignettes titled, "Touched With Fire."


Monday, 2:00

In Hope Abbey, History Professor Emeritus, Jack Maddex, Ph.D, University of Oregon, will speak about "Oregon's Connection to the Civil War." Dr. Maddex has specialized in and written about the Civil War. Prepare your questions!


We hope to see you all at our special event.

Masonic Cemetery Annual Work Party 
Mitzvah Day Volunteer Site
By Barbara Cowan

Sunday, May 17th from 10 AM to 1 PM 
Meet and sign-in at the volunteer table located at the cemetery's Garden Cottage. Join volunteers from the EMCA Landscape Advisory Committee, EMCA Board, Temple Beth Israel, the University, the neighborhood and others to help maintain this beautiful site.
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Sacred Harp Singing
12th Annual Sacred Harp Singing
at Hope Abbey Mausoleum
Eugene Masonic Cemetery
Thursday, May 28th at 7:30

All are welcome to song or listen. Traditional American shape-note hymn singing from the Sacred Harp.
Loaner hymnals available.
Freewill offering for Hope Abbey Restoration.

Located in the mausoleum one block East of Potter on 26th.

Eugene Sacred Harp Singers are not affiliated with any religious or political group.  
Sponsored by Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association. 
Music To Die For Returns for 2015

Carleen and Mike McCornack return to Hope Abbey to lead off the season for 2015. Mark your calendar for June 28th at 2 PM. This amazingly talented folk duo write many of their own songs. They appeared in Hope Abbey in 2013, and are happy to be returning.

Here's the rest of the Summer's performance lineup:

July 26th: Barbershop! The Barbershop Quartet Social Insecurity will be featured, sharing the bill along with a mini Barbershop chorus of about 12 men. All are members of the Cascade Chorus.

August 30: A return visit from the interestingly named group, Karass. They are an acoustic folk band with an emphasis on vocal harmony.

September 27: Ensemble Primo Seicento A group specializing in seventeenth century music for voices, cornetto, violin, sackbut, and organ.

October 25th: Alder Street Winds A very local woodwind quartet.

These Music To Die For summer concerts are presented at 2 PM on the last Sunday of the months of June through October, and are free to the public. Additional Information on performances will be posted as it becomes available.
John Bredesen
eNewsletter Editor