Implementation of the Halvorson Design Partnership plan will continue this Spring under the direction Of Marie-Louise Kehoe, Chairman of the Old Village Cemetery Committee, Joe Flanagan, Director of the Dedham DPW, and Ricardo Austrich, ASLA, Senior Partner of Halvorson. View the latest plan here (pdf).
On December 11, 2018, Senator Mike Rush and Representative Paul McMurtry presented a $250,000 check to Marie-Louise Kehoe, former State Representative and Dedham Selectman, and Chairman of the Old Village Cemetery Restoration Committee. “My sincere thanks to Senator Rush, Representative McMurty and Governor Baker for making this happen,” said Chairman Kehoe.
Video: Representative Paul McMurtry: Check Presentation
Video: Senator Mike Rush: Check Presentation
Citing the Old Village Cemetery’s significance and importance to the Town of Dedham, MA. and beyond, both legislators remarked on their enthusiasm for its renovation and improvement. “This Cemetery not only tells a story of Dedham but a story of the United States,” commented Senator Rush, a former U.S. History Teacher. Representative McMurtry added that “When we honor our past, we honor our future.”
Chairman Kehoe said that the much-needed funds are to be applied toward the $1Million goal.
“This puts us at $600,000 raised,” she explained. “The balance of $400,000, which will take additional effort to raise, will go into a perpetual care account to ensure that the Cemetery will never be neglected again.”
Video: Chairman Marie-Louise Kehoe: Check Presentation
The renovation effort will commence in the Spring of 2019 and will take about two years to complete.
Video: Host Jim Bride: Check Presentation
Pictured in above photo: Dedham Visionary Access Corporation Executive Director Donna Greer, Dedham Town Manager Jim Kern, Representative Paul McMurtry, Chairman Marie-Louise Kehoe, Senator Mike Rush, and Old Village Cemetery Committee Member Ted Russell.
Marie-Louise Kehoe, Chairman of the Old Village Cemetery Committee, has held three informative gatherings of potential supporters at her home, and Peter Reynolds sponsored a presentation at the Blue Bunny in Dedham Center. Attendees viewed Jim Bride’s moving film about the plight of the Cemetery and the plans to restore it. More fund raising gatherings will be held throughout 2018.