Monday

Help Us Preserve History at Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries

Our main fundraising events are cancelled this year. Although this puts a strain in our repair budget, we now have time to make repairs at Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries. Below is a video of our first repair for the summer. To make a donation, please visit our Membership Page. Thank you for all of your support!

Tuesday

Welcome To Evergreen Heritage's New Decade!

We are living in very trying and uncertain times. Not since WWII have Americans had to go without basic necessities. When this trying period ends, and it will, we have the option to decide how we come out of it.

 To learn from those who came before us, to learn of their struggles and sacrifices, teaches us to be prepared and to put our own priorities in place.

We entered a new decade on January 1. 2020. This is also a new chapter for Evergreen Heritage, formerly known as Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society.
Evergreen Heritage historic events, headstone restoration and repair Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries


Twenty years ago, because of deep concerns at Fairview Cemetery, I contacted Will deBoer, the Manager at the time, to discuss why the city was not caring for its cemetery and for the gravesites of those who created the city we love today.

He explained the policies of the city and the position Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries are in, because they are City "Enterprises". As an Enterprise, Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries do not receive any money from the city's general fund. The only money the cemetery receives is through the purchase of gravesites. All funding for repairs and restoration is through fundraising events and individual donations. The city has never been responsible for the gravestones. When a person purchases a gravesite, the families have purchased the right to burial, and it is their responsibility to care for their family's headstones, following city ordinances put in place to maintain the cemetery for everyone.

As family members die or move away, there is often no one left to care for these older, historic
gravestones.
Evergreen Heritage supports restoration projects at Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries in Colorado Springs, CO




With Mr. deBoer's suggestion, I took it upon myself to create the Annual Evergreen Cemetery Walking Tour, in 2000, to raise funds for the historic chapel.

Richard Marold portraying Winfield Scott Stratton Evergreen Heritage Annual Walking Tour


 The Annual Memorial Day Event was added in 2010.
Wreaths Across America was added three years ago.
Evergreen Heritage annual Memorial Day Commemoration-Buffalo Soldiers



Each of these events is important in not only raising needed funds for cemetery repair and restoration but to introduce the public to the beauty and history at Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries.




In 2019 Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society evolved into Evergreen Heritage, which more accurately reflects our mission.

Fairview Cemetery is now included as one of our project sites.

heastone repaired at Fairview Cemetery by members of Evergreen Heritage




Last summer, Evergreen Heritage opened a visitor center in the old business office at Evergreen Cemetery. Unfortunately, we experienced a few setbacks on two occasions because of vandalism to the building.
Evergreen Heritage nonprofit supports Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries in Colorado Springs, CO

However, those setbacks are minor compared to the setbacks many of our early pioneers faced. As we learn from their stories, we learn how they overcame setbacks to come out on top and that is exactly what we will do.

We will open again this summer, on a limited basis, and are looking for volunteers to provide basic information to visitors to the cemetery.

Evergreen Heritage volunteers restoring gravestones at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs
Without funding, we can not fulfill our mission in carrying for these older stones and developing historic programs for the public.

We need everyone who believes in our mission and the importance of both Evergreen and Fairview Cemetery to become a member and support us in keeping this valuable history alive.



MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Friday

Wreaths Across America 2019!!


On Saturday, December 14th at 10:00 am, we will be placing evergreen wreaths on Veterans headstones at Evergreen Cemetery and Fairview Cemeteries. 🌲
It's purpose: Remember. Honor. Teach. 🥰
We hope you can join us for this patriotic event. It will inspire and move you during this busy holiday season. 🎄🙌🏼
Click the images to find out how to support or volunteer.

For each wreath purchased through the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society AKA Evergreen Heritage, $5 will go towards restoration projects at either Evergreen or Fairview Cemeteries









Monday

Evergreen Heritage Summer Review 2019



Evergreen Cemetery Welcome Center Opening

The long-anticipated opening of the Evergreen Cemetery Welcome Center was in early July.  The Center has been open two days each week since then, and has accommodated many visitors interested in gravesite locations or facts and history of the cemetery.  Due to the changing seasons, we will wind down the operation but will continue to use the building during the winter months also, to complete smaller restoration projects that could not reasonably be worked on during the hotter months.




Historic Preservation Alliance Tour (Almost)

EH organized and prepared for a presentation at Fairview Cemetery on August 1st.  The tour was for the Colorado Springs Historic Preservation Alliance for about thirty attendees.  The tour was to provide information to the group on the history of the cemetery, and a live demonstration of a headstone restoration in progress.  Alas, the tour was cancelled at the last minute due to extremely severe weather in the area.
                                                                               

                                     
Largest Walking Tour Attendance Ever!

Our biggest event of the year, the 19th Annual Walking Tour, was held September 14 at Evergreen.  It drew the largest audience ever, a total of 263 visitors from around the area.  Comments from the visitors were very
positive, with much interest in additional tours during the year.  Not only did everyone seem to have a good time, we brought in over $2,200.  Those funds will fund training classes and restoration projects at Evergreen and Fairview, as no other group is currently supporting Fairview Cemetery located on south 26th Street.



Local Group Revives Planters


EH  sponsored a local group of about eight adults from MK Legacy which supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   The group adopted about ten planters around Evergreen and worked together to plant well over 100 plants, some of which were donated and some that were provided by EH.


Heritage Rose Project Flourishes

Progress continues on the heritage rose revival project.  At last count, there were about 250 roses identified throughout Evergreen.  Close to 75 local volunteers have stepped up to adopt and care for their chosen roses.  Dianne and I recently visited a cemetery in Denver to view what they bill as their rose garden, but which contains only about 30 plants.

If you are interested in volunteer for the rose project, please join the list by clicking the link below the picture.


THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS

And finally, there was another incident of vandalism at Evergreen.  On September 27th or 28th, windows were broken out at both the chapel, the old restrooms which aren't in use and the Welcome Center.  The chapel sustained no other damage or loss, but the individual(s) were able to enter the Welcome Center through a window next to the front door, apparently sustaining some lacerations.  There was a relatively minor loss of some equipment and tools.  The police were notified and investigated the scene.  We may need to look again at security measures for both buildings, especially exterior lighting.









Annual Evergreen Cemetery Historic Walking Tour


Cleaning Headstones At Fairview Cemetery

We are all sickened at the recent vandalism at Fairview Cemetery. The newer stones, although a heartbreak to the family can easily be cleaned with proper techniques by a monument company. The older, softer headstones may prove a different story as the paint will permeate the stone, and the paint may never be completely removed. We all have a need to make this right but please understand private individuals should not go out on their own and do any work in the cemetery without contacting the cemetery office.

The headstones and monuments at both Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries are the property of the family. Please do not clean or repair any headstones without the permission of the family,  Evergreen Cemetery or Evergreen Heritage.

Conservators working with Evergreen Heritage are trained in proper cleaning and repair methods. If you attempt to clean or repair a headstone without permission, you may be held liable for any damage caused to the headstone.

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering to clean or if you would like to know the proper  techniques to clean your family headstones

evergreencemeterysociety@yahoo.com


Saturday

Bring History To Life at Evergreen Cemetery

For almost 20 years residents at Evergreen Cemetery come to life for our Annual Walking Tour. We are recruiting volunteers to join and expand our "cast of characters" for 2019.

VOLUNTEER HISTORIC 

CHARACTERS AND TOUR GUIDES 2019



Evergreen Heritage Supports Restoration Projects at Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries
If you have ever toiled with the idea of joining Evergreen Heritage and bringing to life one of the historic characters who now lay at rest in Evergreen Cemetery, you will be excited to know of the new project we are offering this summer.

This January, Evergreen Heritage will start recruiting volunteers to join our current cast of historic residents.  You too can learn to bring to life residents from Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries. Your participation will allow us to create additional historic tours in addition to our Annual walking tour. With your help, we can keep our amazing history alive.

Those who are interested will submit their choice of historic person to our committee. Each applicant will conduct their own research and develop a 10-minute presentation. We will assist with research suggestions and costuming to help you create the most authentic portrayal as possible. For those who truly wish to dig deep into research, a class will be offered at a minimal cost to help guide you through the process and teach you the process of the actual performance.

In late spring, you will present your character to the committee. The committee will give you feedback so that you are ready to present for any tours that occur from late spring into early summer.

We look forward to working with you as you help others to remember our history. It is you who will bring history to life at Evergreen Cemetery and honor those who help us make us who we are.


TOUR GUIDE DOCENTS

If being a performer is not for you, but you still wish to volunteer, we will also be recruiting for Tour Guides.  You will offer guided group tours through Evergreen Cemetery, and possibly Fairview Cemetery. Evergreen Heritage will provide you with an overall history of the cemetery and will create a tour route. We will also provide information on historic residents and monuments.

Guide docents will share this knowledge of Evergreen Cemetery to our summer visitors. We will be promoting these private tours during the summer and hope you will assist us in volunteering as a tour guide.

Please submit your choice of historic character no later than March 15th.

Looking forward to this new program for 2019!

Thank you
Dianne Hartshorn, Director