Tours & Events
January 24, February 22 & March 29, 2014
Spirits Alive resumes its lecture series with topics related to gravestones and cemeteries! Find out more about our lectures.
Association for Gravestone Studies Northeast New England Chapter Meeting
Sunday, May 18, 2014
1:00pm - 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.
There will be several 15-20 minute presentations on cemetery-related topics. In alphabetical order:
- Tracey Lynn Berube: "Eastern Cemetery and the Anti-Slavery Movement"
- Patt Dietlin: On a particular carver she has been researching
- Patricia Grandieri and Elizabeth Holbrook: "Decorative Details Stylized in Stone"
- Windy Keith: TBD
- Bob Greene (Valerie Cunningham): African-Americans in Portland Cemeteries - The "Colored Yard"
- Ron Romano: Update on Bartlett Adams presentation from October Meeting
- Kimberly Sawtelle: "Civil War Portrait Stones in the Central Maine Region"
- Jessica Siraco: "Secrets of Evergreen Cemetery"
- Meg Winslow: "Three Recent Monument Conservation Projects at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA"
The meeting is free and open to the public.
Learn to beautify the cemetery's historic stones using proper stone conservation and restoration techniques. Event workdays are planned for summer.
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.
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!
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.
We conduct these evening tours with costumed actors who portray the ghosts of people who lived and died in our city.