Spirits Alive Happenings

Summer Conservation Days

8:30am to 12:30pm

Waiting for a new base to dry, 2014. Photo by J. Alexander

Read more information on stone conservation in the Eastern Cemetery.

posted June 17, 2016

First Gardening Day of the 2016 Season

Saturday, May 7, 2016
8:30am to 12:00pm

The Bloomin' Eastern Cemetery

Join us in our 10th year of tidying the cemetery after a long season of snow and trash. Since 2006, we have been providing the tools while you provide the muscle! Thank you for helping us keep this neighborhood gem looking swell all season(s) long. Here's to a decade of faithful service.

We're revving up for a great cemetery season, so find out more about our upcoming events.

posted March 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