Giving Tuesday 2019

I’d like to personally thank you for your continued support of Dedham’s Old Village Cemetery. Renovation is well underway with the continued cleaning of headstones, removal of dead or overgrown trees, and the installation of handsome new gates at the entrance on Village Avenue. If you haven’t been by the cemetery recently, I’d encourage you to do so, though there is much work yet to be done.

We are bringing Dedham’s history back to life.

Today, on Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving that kicks off the charitable season, I’d like to ask that you make a gift of any size to the Old Village Cemetery.

You can donate here.

We have ambitious plans to return the cemetery to its former glory, ensuring that it will continue to be a treasured historic landmark in Dedham – today and in perpetuity. We can do this with your help!

Many thanks for your consideration.

Happy holidays!

Marie Louise Kehoe

Marie Louise Kehoe’s Letter of Thanks

I want to thank the more than 200 guests who attended the Gravedigger’s Gala on Friday night at the Endicott Estate to benefit the renovation of the Old Village cemetery. I had a wonderful time, and it looked as if everybody else did too, and that was our objective during the many months of planning that went into the event. I am so grateful to the gala Committee for the hard work and dedication that they unselfishly gave on behalf of a cause that has been close to my heart for many years. To Co-chairs Darcy Lane and Maureen Joyce, thank you for your inspired leadership, and to Jonathon Briggs, Anne Cadigan, Nancy Clement, Tracy Driscoll, Joe Flanagan, Michele Heffernan, Mary Louise Kehoe, Jeannine Lathum, Johanna McBrien, Glenn McGibbon, and Ted Russell, thank you for the many talents that you contributed to the planning of an evening of hair-raising good fun. A special thanks to Jim Bride for his tantalizing video promos at the Community Theater that brought the Gravedigger’s Ghost to life after death, and, of course, to Dedham DPW Director, Joe Flanagan, who has been charged with the daunting task of resurrecting the dead, and whose hard work has made this three-year project possible. Joe’s steady hand has guided the work from the beginning, and is everywhere in evidence throughout the Cemetery, from the handsome Village Avenue entrances, to the newly repaired monuments and headstones. And, I am so grateful to the Dedham Visionary Access Corporation, community TV at its best, Executive Director, Donna Greer, and her creative staff, Brian, Dennis, and George, for their coverage prior to, and during, the Gala.

A delightful surprise during the evening was the presentation by State Representative, Paul McMurtry, and State Senator, Mike Rush of a check for $150,000 from the State to the Dedham Village Preservation Association, Inc., the 501(c)3 that is funding this project. I also want to thank those who contributed in-kind to our success: the New England Patriots, the Calgary Flames, Bellestar Jewelry, Horizon Aviation, Bartlett Tree Experts, Jim Bride, Molly Jackson, Nancy Sargent Howell, the Dedham Community Theater, Murph’s Place, Big Bear, Ron’s Ice Cream, Café Tremezzo, King’s Dining & Entertainment, Boston’s Dreamland Wax Museum, Bostonia Public House, Total Wine, Dr. Anna Vishart, DDS, Horizon Beverage Co., M.S. Walker, Inc., Wegman’s, Photographer, Kerry Hawkins, and the artists who contributed their imaginative decorations to the Gravedigger’s shovels: Carol Haggerty, Peter Reynolds, Diane Gaikazova, Wiley Holton, Liz Boston, Sal D’Antona, and rali Weaver…and, finally to Madame Dar-see, whose imaginative flights of fancy into the future bode good things for Dedham and for the Old Village Cemetery Restoration Project. Thank you all, the work continues, and we look forward to seeing you, again, next year.

Sincerely,

Marie Louise Kehoe, Project Chairman

Photo credit: Kerry Hawkins 

Fall Walking Tour

Ever wonder what the carvings on early gravestones mean?

William Hosley, a leading historian, will speak on the meaning behind the “graven images” and other carvings on the headstones at the Old Village Cemetery; Hosley will also put the iconography in the context of early New England culture and society.

TWO TOURS will be offered in conjunction with October lecture at the Dedham Historical Society & Museum on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Tickets:

$12 DHSM members; $15 nonmembers
Tour A: 12:15 (meet at the OVC entrance)
Tour B:   2:45 (leave from the DHSM lecture or meet at the OVC entrance)

Limited to 20 each; Don’t delay in signing up! Buy tickets today.

Gravedigger’s Gala – Friday October 25, 7-11pm

We are very excited to announce that we think that we have finally reached the point in our program when we can begin to think about joining the many enjoyable fund- raising events that dot the annual Dedham social calendar with the intent of putting the “fun” in funding. Our Halloween themed “Gravedigger’s Gala” (patterned after a very successful similar event held annually for many years in Philadelphia) will be held at the Endicott Estate on East Street, Friday, October 25th from 7-11PM, and repeated annually, we hope, to build the endowment for the perpetual care of the Old Village Cemetery. Please hold the date!

The evening will feature a live (dead) auction with celebrity auctioneer, Michael Grogan, music, catering by Creative Entertainment, an open bar, and a mortiferous signature punch appropriately called “Beyond the Grave” concocted by renowned local mixologist, Joe Flanagan, all for $75 per person. More information will be available later this summer. Guests will be limited to 200. Creative costumes are optional.

 

Planning the festivities will be the newly appointed Old Village Cemetery Events Committee, chaired by Darcy Lane and Maureen Joyce, with members Anne Cadigan, Nancy Clement, Tracy Driscoll, Joe Flanagan, Michele Heffernan, Mary Louise Kehoe, Jeanine Lathum, Johanna McBrien, Jonathon Briggs, and Tara Murphy.

TICKETS – Please note: Advance Ticket Option has Expired

Guests will be limited to 200.

Tickets are $80 at the door.

We will accept cash, credit at the door. If you prefer, you can purchase Gala tickets with a check made out to:

Dedham Village Preservation Association,
P.O. Box 1037, Dedham, MA 02027

The Dedham Village Preservation Association is a registered 501(c)3 and allows tax-deductible donations to the extent provided by law.

Email us if you have any questions about the ticketing process.

 

Thank You to Our Donors

Thanks to the efforts of Representative Paul McMurtry and Senator Mike Rush, and a long list of generous donors, we are almost halfway to the funds that we need to complete our three-year goal of $1,000,000 for the restoration and endowment of one of America’s most significant Colonial Cemeteries, and key to Dedham’s rich history.

We are on track to complete the work scheduled for this year and next, and have been gratified by the enthusiasm and support that the project has generated among Dedham residents and Institutions. The resurrected Cemetery will reflect strong elements of its Colonial past, and those additions from the mid-19th Century American Cemetery Movement. We appreciate the continuing generosity of our donors. Please see our donation page if you would like to help us reach our goal.

Photo above: Marie-Louise Kehoe receives a check for $250,000. Pictured l to r: Dedham TV Executive Director Donna Greer, Dedham Town Manager James Kern, Representative Paul McMurtry, Old Village Cemetery Chair Marie-Louise Kehoe, Senator Michael Rush, Cemetery Committee Member Ted Russell

Renovation Plans Move Forward: Spring 2019 Update

Earlier this spring, Joe Flanagan, Director of the Dedham DPW, and Project Manager, began the remedial process of removing dead trees, and trimming vegetation. Two large Hemlocks that had overgrown the Howe gravesite along Village Avenue were removed so that the lot’s ironwork and masonry can be restored. Soon Joe will begin to implement a detailed landscape design by the Halvorson Design Partnership team, led by Ricardo Austrich, ASLA, and Associate Vesna Maneva. Halvorson has taken care to respect the crucial elements of an early New England burial ground, while understanding its role in the modern era. The priority, this year, will be “Improvement Zone One”(IZ1), the area along Village Avenue from St. Paul’s Church to the NE corner of the Cemetery.

 

Improvements and new features will include wall repair and repointing (Take note of the newly repaired and reinstalled iron gates at the main entrance), new ornamental and shade tree planting (If you would like to sponsor a mature tree, including a plaque with your name, please get in touch with us), continuing monument and obelisk repair, and interpretive signage to help direct visitors. IZ1 also calls for the installation of ornamental chain to connect the granite posts that separate the Cemetery and St. Paul’s, with special attention to the area abutting the Church’s new children’s playground.

photo above: Newly repaired and reinstalled iron gates at the main entrance of the Old Village Cemetery

Old Village Cemetery Burial List Cover

Newly Compiled List of Old Village Cemetery Burials Available

Peter Damon, a member of the OVC Committee, and an amateur genealogist, has compiled a consolidation of burials in the Old Village Cemetery into a bound “List of Burials”, with the assistance of the Dedham DPW, and the GIS Division of the Dedham Engineering Department. This will be a helpful resource for Cemetery visitors in combination with the Town Online Grave Locator .

Sourced from the Dedham Department of Public Works, listings may include age at death, year of death, or age of birth and death. In addition, there could be inscriptions and comments.  

Copies are available for $10 at the Dedham Historical Society at 612 High Street in Dedham Center. You may also download the Burial List (in pdf format).

Please don’t hesitate to email us your comments, corrections, and suggestions.