Preserving, Restoring, Operating and Maintaining Olivewood Cemetery

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Volunteer

Olivewood Cemetery needs your help. Preserving the heritage of this historic site requires help from our extended communities working together. The Descendants of Olivewood coordinate and actively participate in a variety of important projects, some of which are described below. Please contact us by email or voicemail to tell us about the activities in which you or a group you represent would like to participate. We will do our best to integrate those with even the most restrictive schedules.

Olivewood is located next to White Oak Bayou, and is therefore surrounded by lush flora. It only takes about a week in the summer for the cemetery to be overrun with vegetation. Beyond routine mowing and weeding, we have begun projects to beautify individual plots, restoring the old landscaping that has changed with time. If you have a knack for clearing brush and landscaping areas that have been lost to time, you would certainly do well to join us on the first or third Saturday of the month. Check the events calendar to stay informed about upcoming events. We welcome individuals and groups for sponsored clean up days, or to join us for a general clean-up day.

Many of our friends first discover Olivewood Cemetery in the process of doing genealogical research on their own. If you enjoy doing historical research or want to discover part of your own past, we welcome your help and can guide you to useful resources. Additionally you may be interested in our cemetery records database. If you would like to contribute your own genealogical research to fill gaps in our database or have questions about our research, please contact us.

Our projects also include ongoing efforts to compile and organize the information that we have already collected about Olivewood’s history. We are always looking for individuals to participate in organizing this information into a curriculum to be used in schools and libraries.

Volunteers begin the task of clearing an overgrown area.

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

Mother Teresa

Olivewood Cemetery sits on a curve of White Oak Bayou and as a result is populated by a wide array of flora and fauna. We are working with volunteers to identify native and introduced plant species in the area so that we can provide educational materials to our visitors. These efforts also serve to help us protect as much native habitat as possible.

As we clear more and more overgrowth from the full extent of the cemetery, we uncover gravesites that we have never seen before. We are working on GIS survey/mapping of all known gravesites, and need help with data collection and documenting this information.

Olivewood Cemetery was established in 1875, and conducted burials through the 1950s. While the stories of many of the oldest of the interred have been lost, we hope to be able to capture as many stories of the rest of Olivewood’s residents as possible. To that end, we are searching for more descendants and relatives of those buried in Olivewood, as well as volunteers to help collect their stories.

Some people are able to give, but others are good at “getting”. If you have ideas or skills in fundraising (event planning, grant writing, etc.) we can always use your help.

We appreciate all of our donors and volunteers. Click to see a list of our contributors or our Bernice McBeth Service Award recipients.

If you would like to participate in any of these activities or learn about other ways in which you can contribute, contact us at:

info@descendantsofolivewood.org

Voicemail:  (713) 396-0640

We’re available to answer any questions you might have. You may also use the short form below to get started on an email message if you have an email client.