Spirits Alive Happenings

Maine Old Cemeteries Association Summer Meeting

Mechanic Hall Sky View by H. Doggett

Saturday, July 29, 2017
8:30am to 2:30pm

Join Spirits Alive, host of this event, at Mechanics Hall, home of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. Cemetery displays, exhibits and projects will be available for viewing. We'll also present a program that includes these speakers and topics:

  • Eye on Portland Harbor: Captain Moody and the Portland Observatory Alessa Wylie, Manager of Education Programs, Greater Portland Landmarks
  • The Abyssinian Meeting House: Still Standing and Still Moving Ahead! Leonard W. Cummings Sr., V.P. The Abyssinian Meeting House
  • Introduction to Eastern Cemetery and Discovery of the Catholic Plots Ron Romano, author and Treasurer, Spirits Alive

Tours of the Eastern Cemetery, the Portland Observatory and the Abyssinian Meeting House will be available in the afternoon.

Register today ($3 per person)!

posted June 28, 2017

Upcoming Cemetery Events

Summer is finally here and that means getting the cemetery ready for the season!

Eastern Cemetery Tours

July & October
Regular tours start July 5!

Conservation Workdays

8:30am to 12:30pm
he conservation workday schedule is out! Find out more about what we do on conservation days!

Gravestone Photography Project Continues

On your own through October
In our 6th year, and with more than 6,000 images, we continue photographing all of the gravestones in the Eastern Cemetery with our group of intrepid volunteer photographers. If you'd like to get in on it, please read about our process and how you can contribute.

posted June 28, 2017

We Are on Instagram!

Instagram post from December 25, 2016

If you're on Instagram, please follow us! We post images from the Eastern Cemetery as well as from other cemeteries that we visit. We also repost images from our friends and others with beautiful perspectives of burial grounds and cemeteries.

posted December 28, 2016

Bartlett Adams, Stonecutter - BOOK!

We're happy to announce this awesome book on the most prolific artist in the Eastern Cemetery

Ron Romano book

Ron Romano's Bartlett Adams Book

We are excited to celebrate the new book of our friend and faithful volunteer, Ron Romano: Early Gravestones in Southern Maine - The Genius of Bartlett Adams. Books are available for purchase! Find them from your friendly tour guide (tours Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) or at your favorite bookseller (local and online!)

More information on Bartlett Adams and Ron's tour schedule is available!

posted August 23, 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