Monday, October 1, 2012

Historical Organization of the Week: Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery Volunteers

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey. 

This week, I am featuring the Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery Volunteers. The cemetery was established in 1829 but by 2008 had become abandoned by its Board of Trustees. A new group of volunteers was formed and adopted the cemetery in 2008. Since then, the volunteers have spent countless hours cutting away years of overgrown weeds, trees, and brush, removed trash, reset headstones, and reopened the caretaker's home. However, their job is far from over. The volunteers need continual help with the cemetery grounds and caretaker house maintenance and repairs, assisting visitors, database entry of the historic cemetery records, sign making, grant writing, event planning, and exciting fundraising activities. The group envisions the eventual development of a museum and learning center to provide historical education and increase public knowledge and appreciation of the cemetery's historical significance and natural beauty.

For information on becoming a member of the Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery, please visit or call 201-707-0738. Volunteers meet every Saturday between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

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Thank you so much for visiting us, and learning about our important mission at Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery. It is a national treasure filled with 350 years of New Jersey history and nature. Please visit again, and thank you for helping raise awareness to this important preservation project.

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