Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

In This Issue
Music To Die For
15th Annual Sacred Harp Sing
Memorial Day Weekend
Flags will Fly & Taps will Play
What is Plein Air Painting?
Windows for Sale
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 (1859) predates the Civil War by two years.
Music To Die For
The popular music series will resume on June 25. We'll open with Janet Naylor and Linda Danielson.

Additional programs are as follows:
July 30th TBA
August 27th: DK Stewart
Soft Jazz
September 24th: Ensemble Primo Seicento
17th Century music & period instruments
October 29th: Jim Dotson & Crew
Scheduling changes could occur when booking this far in advance. Any changes to this schedule, as well as more information on individual groups, will be forthcoming.
Each program is about one hour in length, and all begin at 2PM.

Sacred Harp Sing

The 15th Annual Sacred Harp Singing at Hope Abbey Mausoleum in the
Eugene Masonic Cemetery, will happen on Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 PM.

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

Located in the mausoleum one block East of Potter on 26th. There is no cemetery grounds parking except for alter-abled persons. Parking on Potter is recommenced.

Eugene Sacred Harp Singers are not affiliated with any religious or political group.   
Sponsored by Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association. 


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. 



Memorial Day Weekend
"Bodies of Work: Art in the Cemetery"
Schedule of Events
Memorial Day Weekend, May 27, 28, 29, 2017
Gates open at 11:30
Each Day - Saturday, Sunday and Monday
12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.           

In the Cemetery

* Noon: Taps played by Barry Barreau in the Public Square
* Plein Air Painters of Lane County will be painting in the cemetery (See separate article on Plein Air Painting in this eNewsletter) 
* Flags will be flying on all veterans' graves
* Tombstone Tales (scavenger hunt) for children and adults (with prizes!) - start at Hope Abbey           
In Hope Abbey
* Exhibit of original works of art in the Plein Air style
* Display: "Flora of the Cemetery"
* Displays: hand embroidered 1920's tea frock and vintage fans from the collection of Carol Houde
* Fully installed Golden Windows, giving Hope Abbey a golden glow
* Cake and coffee served  
Guided Tours 12:15 Daily, meet in the Public Square

Saturday, May 27:     Highlights of the Cemetery
Sunday, May 28:      The Dying Art of Gravestone Carving
Monday, May 29 :     The Dying Art of Gravestone Carving

The 2017 Memorial Day Weekend program is all about ART, titled, "Bodies of Work:  Art in the Cemetery." The Plein Air Painters of Lane County will be exhibiting their work in Hope Abbey, and they will be painting in the cemetery in the plein air style during the weekend. (See separate article on Plein Air Painting in this eNewsletter)

There will also be guided and self-guided tours in the cemetery, "The Dying Art of Gravestone Carving".
The Eugene Masonic Cemetery is located at the corner of E. 25th Avenue and University Street. For questions regarding the Cemetery or Memorial Day weekend, please call
(541) 684-0949 or email us at
Flags will Fly
Taps will Sound
By Karen Seidel, EMCA Board Member 
Memorial Day Flag & Rose

For the coming Memorial Day weekend, EMCA will place flags on the graves of over 100 veterans buried in the cemetery to honor their service to our country. This ritual has become a tradition. We have been highlighting veterans' graves with flags for the past 16 years.
Memorial Day was first established in the late 1860s by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) to commemorate the Civil War dead. One third of the veterans buried in the Masonic Cemetery fought in the Civil War. Many of them were from the East and Middle West who, following the war, crossed the plains to Oregon and settled in Eugene. Many were active in the GAR, the pre-eminent Union veteran organization. Two of our veterans, however, had fought with the Confederacy, one of them a future UO professor.
A second tribute to veterans will be the playing of Taps by Barry Barreau on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday noon in the Public Square. Barry and his bugle will commemorate all the veterans buried in the Masonic Cemetery and elsewhere.
Plein Air Painting 
By Alex Brokaw, EMCA Board Member 

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind, and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape as demonstrated by Fran Ross in the photo. The practice goes back for centuries, but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel-the precursor to the plein air easels of today-allowed artists the freedom to paint "en plein air," which is the French expression for "in the open air."
Today the practice is flourishing with artists attending paintout events, workshops and joining plein air groups worldwide.The Plein Air Painters of Lane County have nature in abundance in Oregon, from the Coast to the Cascades. All artists are welcome to join in the experience of painting "in the open air." 
Hope Abbey Memorial Windows for Sale
By Denny Hellesvig, EMCA Board Member 

Back in 2001, the EMCA embarked on a long range project, the replacement of all the vandalized stained windows in Hope Abbey. We started by reopening all the bricked up openings and installing security windows to prevent future vandalism. Our intent is to sell all the windows as memorials to fund the project. When all the windows are sold, those sales will fully fund the project, and free up the original investment for use in other mausoleum projects.
About two years ago we finished the last window. Since 2001 most of the windows have been sold as memorials, as can be seen on the two donor recognition boards flanking the entrance doors. John Rose, our stained glass expert, designed and constructed the donor boards and with the help of Pete LaVelle fabricated and installed all the windows.
You still have a chance to provide a lasting
window memorial for a relative or friend.

Of the original 62 clerestory windows, there are 10 unsold. We sell these for $500, and the names of the donor and the person honored or memorialized are placed on the south donor board.

Of the original 10 lower tier medium sized windows, there are 4 left. We sell these for $1,000, and the names of the donor and the person honored or memorialized are placed on the north donor board, and an individual plaque is mounted on the wall under the window.

Of the original 2 lower tier large sized windows, there is one left. We sell these for $2,000, and the names of the donor and the person honored or memorialized are placed on the north donor board and an individual plaque is mounted on the wall under the window.
When these are gone there will be no new window memorials, but there will be several places for memorial plaques throughout the cemetery. Please help us finish funding this project by contacting me, Denny Hellesvig. I can be reached at (541) 485-6124, or at <>

John Bredesen
eNewsletter Editor