Spirits Alive Happenings

Winter Lecture Series

Black Jacks—African American Seamen in the Age of Sail

Saturday, February 27 is our second in a series of 3 lectures. This one will feature author and professor W. Jeffrey Bolster. Find out more on our lectures page.

posted January 31, 2016

Spirits Alive is a great example of a friends group that is positive, well-organized, and professional. We hold up your program as an example of how things can get done.

We are proud of the work we have been able to do in the cemetery with the partnership of like-minded people at the City of Portland. These kind words came in a very nice email from our own Cemetery Superintendent and Parks Coordinator, Joe Dumais.

posted January 9, 2016

We Love Proper Stone Conservation

Joseph Thompson vs. Mary Ann Floyd

Joseph Thompson — Proper Conservation Techniques Mary Ann Floyd — Improper Conservation Techniques

Proper vs. Improper Conservation Techniques

Stone conservation techniques and materials are ever-evolving with improvements in technology regarding materials used to make repairs and what we learn through experience in monitoring the old repairs of stones. Spirits Alive volunteers and hired Eastern Cemetery conservators make it a priority to keep abreast of the most up-to-date gravestone conservation materials and techniques.

A good example of the work of Spirits Alive does can be seen prominently on Funeral Lane. Joseph Thompson’s marble headstone and base was uprighted, cleaned and mortared into place. The process and material has not altered the stone or damaged it and can be easily removed in the future should someone else need to re-do the repair.

Contrast this stone with that of Mary Ann Floyd right next door. Whoever worked on this stone had good intentions but may have created more problems by using improper materials and methods. In addition to being plain sloppy and ugly, the concrete will prove difficult to remove in order to improve the repair. For the best information on gravestone care and repairs, consult the Association for Gravestone Studies or the Maine Old Cemetery Association.

posted July 19, 2015

Friendships Make Fun Gifts for Only $5!

Support the Eastern Cemetery with your holiday giving and through the year

Workday fun

Cemetery Workday! Photo by Christina White

You have to admit that giving your friends and family members a Spirits Alive Friendship would be a very creative and unexpected holiday gift! For only $5 each, you can help Spirits Alive keep the Eastern Cemetery alive for generations to come and join as a Friend. Through your support we will continue to:

  • Keep the gates open – encouraging the community to explore its open and safe green space
  • Offer education about the cemetery and its residents to the public – through tours, lectures, and events
  • Encourage and support the city in keeping the site clean and safe for visitors of all ages
  • Preserve this incredible outdoor museum and sacred historic landscape

Go to: www.spiritsalive.org/join to take advantage of this offer today!

posted November 7, 2014