Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures
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Community Events 2019

 

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2019 Events and Important Dates

April 1 Summer Begonia Floral Beds Available
Enhance your loved one’s site with a beautiful bed of begonias. Our staff will maintain and water the begonias. Order here or contact our office through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 313/567-3453.  Limited quantity available.


Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
Join Detroit Audubon Society for a birding event at Elmwood. We will walk the grounds to identify the species migrating through the cemetery. We will track the different species we see and discuss migration, habitat and the different birds. There will be plenty of opportunities for photographs and open discussion. We will gather in the chapel following the walk for refreshments. Sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Free! Park along the pond road and meet at the Gatehouse.

January 5 at 9 a.m.., February 1 at 1:00 p.m., March 16 at 9 a.m., April 19 at 9 a.m., May 11 at 9 a.m., June 21 at 9:00 a.m., , July 19, at 9:00 a.m., August 17 at 9:00 a.m.September 21 at 9 a.m., October 18 at 9 a.m., November 1 at 9 a.m., and December 7 at 9 a.m.


 

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited, Rosann Kovalcek
Join acclaimed birder Rosann Kovalcek and local Audubon Societies for a birding event at Elmwood. Rosann has a sharp ability to identify birds visually as well as by their call.  As we walk, we will track the different species and discuss migration, habitat and the different birds. There will be plenty of opportunities for photographs and open discussion. We will gather in the chapel following the walk for refreshments. Sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Free! Please park along the pond road and meet at the Gatehouse.

Dates to be posted soon!

 


Trees!Elmwood Arbor Day tree planting 400
Experience Detroit's first certified arboretum through one of Elmwood's events:

Arbor Day Celebration, April 12, 9 a.m. Join our grounds crew as we celebrate Arbor Day with children from local schools.  We will plant a tree and talk about trees' importance to our environment.  This event is in partnership with Greening of Detroit.

Greening of Detroit
Tree Identification Class

June 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Tree Tours
This special tour will couple our history tour with information about the majestic trees on the property provided by a certified arborist. There is no charge for the tour but reservations are required by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Space is limited. Please park along the pond road.  We will gather outside the gatehouse.

May 11th at 3:30 p.m.
Oct 26th at 8:30 a.m.


Advance reservations are required by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you make your email reservation, please provide your name, the date you wish to tour, and the number of participants.


May – September 15th Summer Hours
Extended hours for grounds access beginning May 1 are through September 15, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


May 27th – Memorial Day
Join us at noon for our annual Memorial Day celebration as we honor those who serve and those who have passed away.  Please meet us adjacent to the pond for a moving service, musical interludes, and a dove release.


Elmwood may 2012 Annual Flower Planting 200Tombstone Tales Tours
This guided tour will highlight Detroit notables in business, politics, reform as well as a discovery of Elmwood’s memorial art, symbolism, architecture and horticulture. It is a 2-hour walking tour and is free to the public.
June 22 at 8:30 a.m.
August 2 at 8:30 a.m.
September 14 at 8:30 a.m.
October 27 at 9:30 a.m.
November 2 at 9 a.m. - short walking tour 45 minute

Celebrate Black History Month with Elmwood Cemetery.  Please join us for a 90-minute walking tour highlighting key people in Detroit's African American history and discussing memorial art and symbolism.
February 15th at 10 a.m. or February 16th at noon

Patriot Day, September 11th at 10 a.m.  Please join us as we remember the tragic events of September 11th and then tour the grounds.

Advance reservations are required by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you make your email reservation, please provide your name, the date you wish to tour, and the number of participants.


Patriot Day September 11
Commemorate Patriot Day with Elmwood.  Join us for a walking tour at 9 am.  

September 16th – April 30
Fall/Winter Hours begin.  Grounds access from 8:30 – 4:00 daily.


October 1 Winter Wreaths Available.
Adorn your loved one’s grave with a wreath this winter. They are made from natural, freshly cut evergreen boughs decorated in seasonal colors. Wreaths are 18” in diameter with a beautiful all weather red bow and 5 pinecones, on a stand, for $20. Contact our office through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 313/567-3453. Elmwood's grounds crew will place the wreath on your loved one's grave.


November 2, 10 am, All Souls’ Service, Chapel
All are welcome to join the Elmwood community as Reverend Steven J. Kelly, Pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church Detroit, leads a service to honor those who have passed away. A walking tour is available, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at no charge for those who are interested. Refreshments served following the mass. 


 

Elmwood Veterans Day 300Monday, November 11, 10 am,
Veterans Day Celebration, Civil War Section

Members of the community, Detroit area high school JROTC programs, Martin Luther King Jr. High School marching band, reenactors, community leaders, and our countries' great veterans come together for this 35th annual celebration.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps, you would like to enjoy Elmwood on your own or with a group of friends. Each year, we are visited by those who choose to picnic alongside our restored pond, run or bicycle on our roads, watch for the migration of birds in Michigan, photograph our unique memorials, walk along our beautiful grounds appreciating our outdoor sculpture garden, the perennials, and majestic trees, or simply contemplate this quiet setting in the heart of Detroit.

Cemetery Hours
Grounds Access
September 16 – April 30       8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily
May 1 – September 15         7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Daily

Office Hours
Weekdays       9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Saturdays       9:00 a.m. – noon
The office is closed on Sundays but the grounds are open.

Events at a glance:

January 5 at 9 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
February 1 at 9 a.m.  Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
February 15 at 10 a.m.
African American Heritage Walking Tour
February 16 at noon
African American Heritage Walking Tour
March 16 at 9 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
April 1 Sales begin for summer begonia beds 
April 12 at 9 a.m.
Tree Planting for Arbor Day 2019
April 19 at 9 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
May 1 – September 15 Grounds access 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily
May 11 at 9:00 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
May 11 at 3:30 p.m Spring Arboretum & History Tour
May 27 at noon Memorial Day Celebration - pondside

June 12 at 5:30 p.m.

June 21 at 9:00 a.m. 

Tree Identification Class

Birding with Detroit Audubon Society

June 22 at 9 a.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
July 5 at 8:30 a.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
August 2 at 8:30 a.m.  Tombstone Tales Tour

August 17 at 9 a.m.

Birding with Detroit Audubon Society

September 11 at 9 a.m.

September 14 at 8:30 a.m., Gatehouse
Patriots Day

Tombstone Tales Tour
September 16 - April 2019 Grounds access from 8:30 – 4:00 daily
September 21 at 9:00 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
October 1  Sales Begins for Winter Wreaths. Quantities Limited.
October 18 at 9 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
October 26 at 8:30 a.m. Fall Arboretum & History Tour
October 27 at 9:30 a.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
November 1 at 9:00 a.m.
Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
November 2 at 9 a.m. Walking Tour - Gatehouse to Chapel
November 2 at 10 a.m., Chapel All Souls’ Service
November 11 at 10 a.m., Civil War Section Veterans Day Celebration
December 7 at 9 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society