In 1991 Katherine Freund, Founder of the Friends of Evergreen, discovered the long forgotten and dusty copy of Charles H. Howe’s “plan for a rural cemetery,” and quickly realized its historical significance. Almost immediately, the newly founded Friends of Evergreen with the City of Portland achieved listing for Evergreen Cemetery in the National Register of Historic Places, and protection under the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. Soon after, they began work on the Evergreen Cemetery Master Plan which was supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
With the completion of the Master Plan, its adoption by the Portland City Council in 1994, and its adoption in 2002 as part of the Portland’s Comprehensive Plan, a clear and decisive direction of stewardship and development of Evergreen Cemetery was defined.
Almost 20 years later, the essays that comprise a small monograph titled, Advocacy in Action, written as part of the grant process, are as timely as they were in 1994 as the Friends continue in their efforts to preserve and protect Evergreen Cemetery for present and future generations.
Not only does this monograph describe the history and character of Evergreen, and summarize the Master Plan’s recommendations for its rehabilitation and future growth, it demonstrates the profoundly successful results of collaboration between a public entity, the City of Portland, and an advocacy group, the Friends of Evergreen.
For more information regarding the grant process and historical significance of Evergreen Cemetery, click on the following documents and links.
- Friends of Evergreen: Advocacy In Action
- 1994 Master Plan for Evergreen Cemetery (may take a moment to load)
- National Endowment for the Arts
- National Register of Historic Places
- Maine Historic Preservation Commission
- City of Portland’s Historic Preservation division
To view maps from the 1994 Evergreen Cemetery Master Plan, click either of these links: