Since its inception in 1991, The Friends of Evergreen have worked tirelessly on behalf of Evergreen Cemetery in an effort to pursue the mission to preserve and protect Evergreen for Portlanders past, present, and future. Areas in need of attention, restoration, or development have been prioritized and attended to as funds through membership fees, donations, and grants in addition to the help of many volunteers were available. After 20 years, the list of accomplishments and completed projects is extensive.
Among a long list of accomplishments, the most recent additions to the list of completed projects include the following:
Evergreen Cemetery Landscape Rehabilitation Project
In 2010, The Friends of Evergreen received a grant from the Quimby Foundation for the design and construction of a Visitor’s Sign. The objective of this special signage is to acquaint visitors with the unique history and nature of Evergreen Cemetery. It is filled with historic and environmental facts, points of interest, photographs, and a detailed guide map. This project was recently installed adjacent to the cemetery office near the main entrance.
This year-long project was realized in the Spring, 2011 with an unveiling and ribbon cutting on Memorial Day Weekend. Click on the links below to view these new signs!
- The Simmons Foundation – 1993 to clean and archive cemetery documents
- National Endowment for the Arts – 1994 Evergreen Cemetery Master Plan
- National Trust for Historic Preservation – 1994 Evergreen Cemetery Master Plan
- Portland Lodge of Elks #188 – 1993 for Chapel and tour
- Maine Community Foundation – 1993 for general administrative support
- Quimby Family Foundation – August 2010 for Visitor’s Sign
- Maine Community Foundation/ Rines-Thompson – Oct. 2009 for Brentwood Parcel Master Plan
- Davis Family Foundation – Dec. 2009 for Brentwood Parcel Master Plan
- Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society: Spring 2013-2014 Local and Legendary Grant
- Allagash Community Grant Program 2014 -Rebranding
- Maine Community Foundation -Onsite Educational programming for Westbrook youth
- Restoration of Evergreen Cemetery archival records back to 1869
- Educational public programs – speakers, slide shows, walking tours
- Work with school groups
- Community programs – concerts, skating parties
- Wilde Memorial Chapel restoration
- Ponds restoration
- Planting projects
- Seven Self-guided walking tours
- Informational Visitor’s Sign for main entrance of cemetery
- The Maine State Legislature officially recognized The Friends of Evergreen for their 20 year service on the behalf of Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, Maine. June 2011.