Thursday, September 5, 2013
In conjunction with Maine Historical Society and the Maine Military Historical Society, Spirits Alive invites you to a graveside memorial service honoring the captains in killed in the battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise. The American captain, William Burrows, and the British captain, Samuel Blyth were each mortally wounded during the battle and brought to the Eastern Cemetery to be buried next to one another in perpetuity. An American Lieutenant, Kervin Waters, who died as a result of wounds received in battle, was buried next to Burrows as well.
A week of events around the 200th Anniversary for the Battle of the Boxer & Enterprise is planned.
Through October 13
Wednesdays 1:30 pm, Saturdays 10:30 am & Sundays 1:30 pm
This year Spirits Alive is offering tours 3 days a week! Come take a stroll with us through the 6-acre site. Learn about those interred, the art on their stones, and the city in which they died. Tours last 1-1/2 hours and are weather-dependent. Please be a little early so that guides can make change for you. Tickets are $7 adults, $4 students and seniors, and free for children 12 and under. We are excited to see you!
October 24-27 & 30-31, 2013
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Plan in October to attend Walk Among the Shadows and hear the tales of an all-new group of cemetery spirits. Our ghosts this year will include those who had experience living in the time of the Civil War including a journalist, a soldier, a war secretary, an abolitionist, a musician, and a mayor.
Subterranean Celebrities: The Murch Family
Almira died September 30, 1881
Josiah died October 9, 1883
We were contacted earlier this year by a descendant of the Murch family to find out how much it would take to straighten and restore the marble stones in the family plot. We decided to take the work on as a volunteer project and in one stone conservation day, we made a lot of progress! According to his great-great granddaughter, Josiah was a shoemaker, and he and Almira had several children who have stones in the Eastern Cemetery. It's interesting that their son Henry moved to Massachusetts and had a business card that read, “Marble Works—Monumental & Cemetery Works a Specialty.” Makes you wonder if he made their headstones.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00am – 3:00pm
TaMara Conde is back in Maine this year conducting a conservation work shop for our friends at Evergreen Cemetery. Come out and learn the basics of proper cleaning, documentation, conservation, and restoration of old gravestones. Register for the Evergreen workday for only $10 today!
Support the Eastern Cemetery with your giving
For only $5, you can help Spirits Alive keep the Eastern Cemetery alive for generations to come and join as a Friend. Through your support, you can help us, an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization, to 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!