the end of the nineteenth century, there was a clamor for removal
of the cemeteries in San Francisco because these cemeteries
were occupying prime real estate in the rapidly growing city.
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park was established in 1892 by a group
of civic-minded men led by Hamden Noble in answer to a
need for a place where people can bury their loved ones with
dignity and respect. Thousands of trees were planted to create
a beautiful and serene garden. In time, Cypress Lawn became,
and still is, the choice cemetery for the most prominent and
powerful families in San Francisco and the State of California.
monuments and edifice to memorialize the achievements of these
men and women who helped shape the Golden State were built by
the leading architects, sculptors, and artists of the early
20th century. Stained glass windows created by the most famous
artisans adorn the cemetery's private and public mausoleums.
In fact, it has been commented that Cypress Lawn's outdoor and
indoor museum has more elegant works of art than some art museums
in the country.
the significance of these works of art and the importance of
the people for whom these works of art were created, the Cypress
Lawn Heritage Foundation (CLHF) was incorporated in 2000. The Heritage
Foundation (CLHF) primarily aims to provide diverse educational
programs to students (K-12 and university), to conservation and
preservation professionals, and to the communities in the greater
SF Bay Area and Northern California. At the same time, CLHF
endeavors to ensure the preservation and restoration of Cypress
Lawn's art, architecture and arboretum.
ACTIVITIES OF THE FOUNDATION INCLUDE:
- Sponsorship of educational programs, lectures, tours, and seminars pertaining to the history of Cypress Lawn Memorial Park and Arboretum and the achievements and contributions of the historical figures at rest at Cypress Lawn
- Preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historically significant buildings, landmarks and statuary within Cypress Lawn
- Conservation of Cypress Lawn's Arboretum, including development and display of plants and conducting programs of horticultural education for the public
- Participation in studies with educational organizations or governmental units which are relevant to activities of Cypress Lawn
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