Spirits Alive Happenings

Upcoming Lecture on Bartlett Adams, Portland's First Stone Cutter

Monday, November 10, 2014
7:00 pm
Hosted by the Gorham Historical Society

The talk will be presented at the:
Gorham Savings Bank Operations Center
10 Wentworth Drive, Gorham, ME
Located off Rt 202 & Rt 4 (the Gray Road) just north of the intersection of Rt 25 with Rt 202 & Rt 4.

Bartlett Adams carving

Edward Colcord's headstone in the Eastern Cemetery, stone cutting attributed to Bartlett Adams

Bartlett Adams was Portland's first stonecutter, moving here in 1800 to set up shop. He was trained in Massachusetts and brought people in this area a faster, more cost-effective way to purchase a stone marker for a loved one. He was also highly skilled at his craft. Ron Romano will lead you on a virtual tour of the cemetery while explaining a little about Adams' life, how he knows which stones are Bartlett Adams shop stones, and a bit about the lettering and iconography created by this incredible and prolific artist.

posted November 8, 2014

Friendships Make Fun Gifts for Only $5!

Support the Eastern Cemetery with your holiday giving and through the year

Workday fun

Cemetery Workday! Photo by Christina White

You have to admit that giving your friends and family members a Spirits Alive Friendship would be a very creative and unexpected holiday gift! For only $5 each, you can help Spirits Alive keep the Eastern Cemetery alive for generations to come and join as a Friend. Through your support we will continue to:

  • Keep the gates open – encouraging the community to explore its open and safe green space
  • Offer education about the cemetery and its residents to the public – through tours, lectures, and events
  • Encourage and support the city in keeping the site clean and safe for visitors of all ages
  • Preserve this incredible outdoor museum and sacred historic landscape

Go to: www.spiritsalive.org/join to take advantage of this offer today!

posted November 7, 2014