The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Inc., has a Mission: to promote the beautification, appreciation of and advancement of the Cemetery, which provides a peaceful venue to reflect on the lives of the people buried here.
"To know the character of a community, need only to visit its cemeteries."-Benjamin Franklin
With true remembrance, The Friends hosted the Dedication of its gifting of a permanent granite bench in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in honor of Concord's Gold Star Families on Sunday, September 25, National Gold Star Families Day. The Ceremony was highlighted by representative of the seven Gold Star Families receiving the Medal of Liberty from the Commonwealth. A number of Veterans and citizens were in attendance. Click the Ceremony's Program image for printable version.
On May 25th, 2023, the Concord Historical Commission awarded in a public ceremony a 2023 Landscape Preservation Award to The Friends. The Award recognizes the preservation, restoration, or maintenance of landscapes, grounds, and gardens related to historic sites. We extend sincere gratitude to the Historical Commission for this distinctive honor, as we continue our service to the Cemetery in this third decade. Our Mission cannot be realized without the extensive support of our donors via our Annual Fall Appeal. Once again, we thank each of you heartily. Joining Board President Kevin Thomas Plodzik at the Awards Ceremony were colleague Directors John Gardella, Nancy Reilly, and Jim Fannin. Also in attendance was Priscilla White Sturges.
The Board accepted the kind invitation from two local organizations to present information about The Friends to their members. These were the Concord Rotary Club and The Council on Aging. Two Directors of our Board, Priscilla White Sturges and Kevin Thomas Plodzik, shared, either via ZOOM or in a hybrid format, our history, accomplishments, and future plans, with audiences, and entertained questions. We extend full appreciation to the two hosting organizations for providing these opportunities. The Concord Chamber of Commerce offered the opportunity to us to present a “Spotlight Video” featuring our organization. Cordial appreciation is extended to the Chamber. The video clip was filmed most recently on location in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, narrated by Kevin Thomas Plodzik, and shown on the Chamber’s website. Through the courtesy of the Managing Director of the Chamber, the Video is available to watch here.