Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

Did You Know?
Hope Abbey Mausoleum is a prominent feature of the Eugene Masonic Cemetery. Constructed in 1912-13 and dedicated in 1914, it cost the magnificent sum of $40,000 at that time. It, and the 10-acre cemetery, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been cited as the finest example of Egyptian Revival architecture in the State of Oregon. The architect was Ellis Lawrence.   
Hope Abbey has room for 260 full-size coffins and 60 cremains urns.  
As the mausoleum has been restored over the past 20 years, all 77 damaged or broken stained glass windows have been faithfully recreated by local glass artisan, John Rose.
We invite you to see the restored grandeur yourself during one of the monthly open houses. The next opportunity is this coming Sunday, November 26, from 1 to 4 p.m.       


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
Music To Die For will return to Hope Abbey next year on June 24 for five monthly performances. We'd sure like to make it a year-round event, but alas, there is no way of heating the interior of the venue.

The always-free music series in 2017 featured some very talented local musicians. The concerts featured a wide range of musical genres, including the groups The Western Tanagers, Wild Hog in the Woods, Linda Danielson & Janet Naylor, Diane Dugaw & Rachael Marcotte, and a wonderful string quartet, The Ambassadors, from the Eugene/Springfield Youth Orchestra (ESYO).

And speaking of the ESYO, they are presenting two separate programs on December 5 and December 6. Click here for more information on the organization and the programs. You won't be disappointed!

We hope to see you next June, if not before.
"Last Sunday of the Month" Open House
The Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association welcomes visitors to Hope Abbey on Sunday, November 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. Open once a month to the public, this mausoleum is a local treasure.

Chocolate-chip cookies will be served, along with stories about the place and its residents. Located at 25th and University. Questions: call 541-684-9049 or email

The Board of Directors made the decision several years ago to create the "Last Sunday of the  Month" open house. As a result, Hope Abbey  Mausoleum is open to anyone from 1 to 4 p.m. on the last Sunday of every month except December. At least two Board or Staff hosts will be present to answer any questions you may have. Please stop by this Sunday and say "Hello."
John Bredesen
eNewsletter Editor
Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association, 25th & University, Eugene, OR 97405
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