Tours & Events
Saturday, May 10, 2014
8:30am to 12:30pm
Help us get ready for Memorial Day and the summer tour season! Each year volunteers tidy up the cemetery by picking up trash, pruning, planting, and trimming the plants and trees inside. Master gardeners are on hand to train anyone willing to learn about how to work with the plants around the fragile gravestones. Dates and times will be announced as they are planned. Come and go as you please. Rain date: Saturday, May 17.
Spring Association for Gravestone Studies Northeast New England Chapter Meeting
Sunday, May 18, 2014
10:30am to 12:00pm
Tour of Eastern Cemetery
224 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Meet at the Dead House inside the gate (weather permitting)
Lunch on your own
There are several great places within a mile of the cemetery. Right across the street is Otto Pizza. Up Congress Street on Munjoy Hill are several nice eateries. There is a Coffee by Design on Washington Street and a CBD on India Street. There are many good places on Middle Street as well!
1:00pm to 4:00PM
Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Spirits Alive is proud to help organize the spring Association for Gravestone Studies Northeast New England Chapter Meeting. Though the meeting will take place up the street at the Maine Jewish Museum, there will be a tour (weather permitting) of the Eastern Cemetery at 224 Congress Street at 10:30am.
- 1:00 Check out exhibits
- 1:10 Welcome from Holly Doggett of Spirits Alive
- 1:12 Introduction of program and first speaker
- 1:14 Tracey Lynn Berube: "Eastern Cemetery and the Anti-Slavery Movement"
- 1:36 Bob Greene (Valerie Cunningham): African-Americans in Portland Cemeteries - The "Colored Yard"
- 1:58 Kimberly Sawtelle: "Civil War Portrait Stones in the Central Maine Region"
- 2:20 Jessica Siraco: "Secrets of Evergreen Cemetery"
- 2:42 Meg Winslow: "Three Recent Monument Conservation Projects at Mt. Auburn Cemetery,
- 3:04 Patricia Grandieri and Elizabeth Holbrook: "Decorative Details Stylized in Stone"
- 3:26 Patt Dietlin: "Monument Carver, William Sutton"
- 3:48 Ron Romano: Update on Bartlett Adams presentation from October Meeting (10 minutes)
The meeting is free and open to the public.
Flag the Veteran Graves for Memorial Day
May 24, 2014
10:00am to 10:30am
Each year we gather at the Dead House, everyone is given a few U.S. flags, and we fan out to flag the graves of those who fought and died in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Mexican-American War.
Bartlett Adams Lectures
Our very own Ron Romano is on tour with his presentations about Bartlett Adams and his prolific stone carving career. He has a few lecture dates coming up, so if you missed his winter lecture with us, you can still catch him!
- May 15th - New Gloucester Historical Society, New Gloucester, ME (full presentation)
- May 18th - AGS Northeast Regional Meeting, Portland, ME (10-minute update)
- June 5th - Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, Portland, ME (full presentation)
- June 17-22 - AGS National Conference, Franklin, IN (20-minute presentation)
Start july 2, 2014 (every wednesday, saturday and Sunday)
Spirits Alive offers history tours to visitors who are willing to walk the 6-acre site learning about its part in the history of Portland and those who reside within the gates.
Learn to beautify the cemetery's historic stones using proper stone conservation and restoration techniques. Event workdays will be planned for summer.
We spent 4 years transcribing and documenting every stone on the site on paper. Now we are photographing each of them one by one. Wanna help? Orientation for new photographers is ongoing. Contact us if you're interested in working on this project. You set your own schedule!
October 23-26 & 29-31
6:30pm to 7:30 pm (5:30pm to 6:30pm on Sunday)
We conduct these evening tours with costumed actors who portray the ghosts of people who lived and died in our city.