Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

What's In This Issue?
Did You Know?
Burial Space Available
Please help!
Music To Die For
Cemetery Inspections
Volunteer Information
Mission Statement
Did You Know?
The Masonic Cemetery is the final resting place of Eugene Skinner and his wife, Mary. It was Mary that campaigned to have Eugene named after her husband. 
Burial Space

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery has available space for burials and cremations. Email Sally Dietrich at for more information. Or call 541 684-0949

Our maintenance and restoration work takes planning and it takes money. A significant portion of our revenue comes from the sale of plots and crypts, but that's not enough. We try to obtain volunteer and grant support as much as possible, but we need additional revenue to carry on this important work. For that, we have to rely on friends such as you to help.
We thank you for all your past support, and we ask you to be as generous as possible in supporting us now. Click here to donate.
The Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association Presents
Music To Die For
a free summer music series

David Gross and Friends
David Gross
David Gross started playing in the Chicago club scene in the '70s, and opened shows for a wide variety of musicians including Odetta, Dave Van Ronk, John Prine, Tom Waits, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, John Fahey, and even Supertramp. In the '80s, after a move to the West Coast, David was hired as a songwriter by Chappell music. In 2014, David teamed with legendary Jazz-fusion violinist Jerry Goodman for a Music To Die For acoustic concert in Hope Abbey. We welcome him back.
David Bersch has done everything from bluegrass to opera to German lieder. Couple great guitar pickin' with an extraordinary voice, and you have a very talented musician.
Sandy Holder and Percy Franklin have been a part of the Eugene acoustic music scene for many years, both as singer-songwriters performing as "Cypress Home" since 2016, and in collaboration with other musicians.  
Portlander Andrew Greene, a drummer since he was 10, will add percussion to the ensemble.   
Here they team up with David Gross with some of his original compositions, plus some well-known favorites, and all brought to life with guitar, bass, and the occasional accordion, to accompany strong vocals from all performers.
Please arrive early, as seating becomes scarce or non-existent in Hope Abbey by show time at 2 PM. There is no parking on the cemetery grounds, so please park on city streets.   
Cemetery Inspections

In response to a recent article in the R-G about cemeteries and funeral homes, we feel that it is important for you, the reader, to understand two things about the operation of the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association (EMCA).


1. We operate as a cemetery, and only a cemetery. We are not a Mortuary, and we are not a Funeral Home, since we do not provide services of the type associated with those businesses. Our function is to provide a final resting place for those who have died.


2. The EMCA has experienced many inspections by the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board since the EMCA assumed ownership of the cemetery in 1995. All have shown that we are in full compliance with the rules of the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board.

Volunteer Information
Interested in volunteering with the
Eugene Masonic Cemetery?
The EMCA is sponsoring a series of grave marker cleaning work parties to be held on the last Monday of each month.  This month it's September 30th  There are two additional opportunities left this season if you can't make this one:  
October 28th  
November 25th 
This is part of an effort to highlight the historical significance of the many families and individuals buried in our cemetery.  The markers can be considered works of art as well as tangible messages from the past, and deserve to be showcased. 
The September work party will be from 10 until 1 PM. (Note that this is different than last month.) Future start times will be announced in this eNewsletter as they become available. 
Please gather at the EMC Cottage at 10AM. No experience is necessary, and all of the necessary equipment and direction is provided. Work gloves, water and sun/rain hats are recommended.
You can park either at 26th & Potter or 25th & University and walk slightly uphill to the EMC Cottage, just a bit north of Hope Abbey.  
Hope to see you then!    
Contact Elizabeth for more information or questions 
by clicking here.    

John Bredesen, eNewsletter Editor
Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association
Mission Statement 
To restore, rehabilitate, maintain, interpret and operate the historic Eugene Masonic Cemetery and Hope Abbey Mausoleum as a cultural and natural resource for the community.

The cemetery is operated for the public benefit,  
but it is private property.
(A 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization)