Changes to the Program
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, the Adopt-a-Plot program at Prospect Hill Historic Cemetery and Arboretum has had significant success in recent years.
Quite a few people adopted specific parcels and kept them well manicured. However, much of our success was due to a large number of volunteers who came to our cleanup events and worked wherever they were needed. So we are tweaking the program this year, starting with its name - Adopt-A-Plot is now WeedWorkers.
We will continue to welcome volunteers who would like to adopt a section of the cemetery to maintain throughout the growing season (more below) but the WeedWorkers program will concentrate on the western half of the grounds this year and emphasize working together to keep it looking good from now until the snow flies.
Cleanup days for the year 2023 are as follows:
The following Saturdays in 2023 are designated as clean-up days, generally from 8 to 11 a.m.:
April 15 and 29 May 13 and 27 June 10 and 24
July 15 August 5 and 26 September 16
October 7 and 28
Prospect Hill Cemetery has experienced the fickleness of humanity numerous times through its 160+ years of existence. Bouts of neglect, instances of vandalism, and abandonment on 3 separate occasions has left Prospect Hill with many scars.
Some of these scars you can see - the broken columns of the Four Boys monument lying on the ground. The missing flower pot from the center of Dan Allen's monument where Anna Wilson once left fragrant beauties for her lost love. We can almost feel the cold shadow of the missing statue that once stood vigil atop the massive Spanish American War monument.
Keeping the cemetery maintained while promoting and sharing the history and art that lives here is one way to ward against further detriment to the burial ground.
After all, Prospect Hill is a memorial garden. It must be tended with care.
How you can help
Whether you want to join us during a clean up event and work with us as a team, or care for a specific plot throughout the growing season on your own, Prospect Hill Cemetery and its board of directors appreciates your time and effort.
Our clean-up dates will be listed on our event calendar, rain-dates will be removed or verified as time tells their fate.
To volunteer outside of our regularly scheduled clean-up days, please contact Shannon Justice by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (816) 616-9162.
The Dirty Work
With a new name we have a new structure! Task teams have been identified to help focus efforts.
Thanks to the Suburban Rotary Club members who continue their volunteering efforts to clean up Prospect Hill Cemetery!
For more information or to get involved, contact Shannon Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Harding at email@example.com.
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