No Monthly Meeting in December

The Friends of Greenlawn will NOT be holding their monthly meeting during the month of December.

Our next meeting will be on the last Tuesday in January 2018.  Same place (Salem Council on Aging), same time (6:30pm).

We hope to see you there!

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Phase I Completion Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, the Friends of Greenlawn and the City of Salem had the honor of celebrating the completion of Phase I restoration work on the Dickson Memorial Chapel with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.  The event was well attended and we thank you all who could come and show your support for this historic endeavor!  A big thank you as well to Mayor Kim Driscoll and her staff for helping to make the event such a success!

The Salem News featured the event on their front page the following day (Wednesday, November 29th), so I’ll link that here and let them tell you all about the event:

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 – “Salem officials celebrate first phase of restoration at historic chapel”

Salem News included a video with the online edition of the article that shows part of the ceremony and some more of the chapel, as well as the recently restored Rose Window on the east side of the chapel.

 

 

 

Update on Recent Happenings

Our June 11th lecture was a big success!

As you might remember from our last post here, we hosted an event back on June 11th that featured a wonderful lecture by Ms. Meg Winslow, the Curator of Historical Collections for Mount Auburn Cemetery located in Cambridge, MA.

Ms. Winslow highlighted the efforts undertaken over the years to ensure the preservation of Mount Auburn as a rural cemetery landscape while also continuing to serve its most base purpose – as an active cemetery.  Her lecture also emphasized similarities between Mount Auburn and our beloved Greenlawn Cemetery as well as many other connections between Mount Auburn and notables of Salem, MA.

It was also interesting to hear what has been accomplished at Mount Auburn and I know that it made a few of us starry-eyed at the possibilities in the future for Greenlawn Cemetery.  Thank you so much Ms. Meg Winslow for the inspiration!

 

Restoration of the “Rose Window” on the Dickson Memorial Chapel

I promise that a run down of what we’ve been up to in our absence on this blog is coming soon.  In the meantime, it seemed appropriate and timely to share one of our recent milestones as far as restoration work being down within Greenlawn Cemetery.

As part of the Phase 1 restoration work being performed on the Dickson Memorial Chapel, one of the beautiful stained glass windows known as the “rose window” was removed from the chapel some months ago in order to be repaired and restored.  On June 16, 2017, Jonathan and David from Custom Stained Glass out of South Easton, MA reinstalled the  rose window.  These two gentlemen also were the ones who restored the stained glass and the window’s framework is now also painted in its original “Essex Green” paint!

(all photos below taken by Christine Lutts, one of our Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery co-chairs)

 

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David and Jonathan from Custom Stained Glass

 

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Look at that Essex Green trim!  Such a rich color.

 

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A view of the rose window from inside the chapel

 

The Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery would like to thank Jonathan and David for their care and expertise in restoring the rose window.  We would also like to thank the many, many folks who have helped make it possible for this work to be carried out!  Thank you all so much!

 

 

Friends of Greenlawn gear available

The Friends of Greenlawn Spring Event this Sunday will have FOG long and short sleeve t-shirts and ball caps for sale. The Black Crowned Night Heron is our mascot! He is featured on our tee shirts and ball caps 🙂

If you can not make it on Sunday, please email the friendsofgreenlawn@gmail.com to arrange a purchase. Thank you for your support!

Spring Event on June 11, 2017 (and we’re back!)

Hi there!  Our website is going to be undergoing some updates over the next few weeks, so please keep checking back with us.

The Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery are holding a spring event on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (this Sunday) and you are all invited!  Please join us for a wonderful lecture on Mount Auburn Cemetery, whose own rural cemetery design served as a model for many rural cemeteries in the United States, including our very own Greenlawn Cemetery.

June 11 2017 - event

Notables Buried at Greenlawn: John Phillip Rilley

“Extraordinary bravery and coolness”.      Image

 

Landsman John Phillip Rilley (or Riley) was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Spanish-American War when he was just 21 years old. His citation notes: “On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Rilley displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action”

 

From www.homeofheroes.com: “The mission was a daring operation to cut undersea cables linking the Spanish fortifications at Cienfuegos with the rest of the world. Destruction of the cables was ordered to disrupt communications. In two boats, sailors from the USS Nashville and the USS Marblehead were joined by a Marine guard as they moved within 15 feet of the enemy shore, under fire from the hidden enemy, to dredge up and cut two such cables. During the 80 minute operation, the cable cutting party was under constant enemy fire from a short range, while they coolly dredged the cables across the bow of their boats, then cut through them with hacksaws.”

 

Mr. Rilley was born in 1877 in AllentownPA, and died in Salem November 16, 1950.