Preserving, Restoring, Operating and Maintaining Olivewood Cemetery
One of the goals of the Descendants of Olivewood is to encourage the local community to learn more about the rich history of the cemetery and those who are interred there. One of our ongoing volunteer projects involves research and presenting our findings to the public.
Descendants of Olivewood has created a traveling museum exhibit about Olivewood’s past, present, and future. This exhibit debuted at the Heritage Society in Houston from February through June 2013. Since that time it has also appeared (in whole or in part) at Prairie View A&M University, the Houston Heights Library, and the National Museum of Funeral History. If you represent a museum or educational entity and are interested in scheduling this fascinating exhibit for your organization, please contact our History and Education Coordinator.
One of our volunteers, Kasey French, created a project titled Honoring Olivewood for her Girl Scout Gold Award. Although the cemetery has been a jungle for years, there are those that see the value of preserving Houston’s heritage, so they come to Olivewood Cemetery to work hard at clearing the vegetation and embrace the vision of restoring this Texas landmark to its original glory as a sacred public park. Kasey’s project is a photographic homage to the cemetery and this preservation process. If you missed seeing it at the National Museum of Funeral History in Spring, TX, stay tuned for more information about where you can see it in Austin. A sample of her work is displayed below:
Click here to link to view an article about Olivewood in the Journal of History and Culture. This journal is a publication of the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture at the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University. The article, titled Forgotton, But Not Gone: The Symbols of Historic Olivewood Cemetery begins on page 60.
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