Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures
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Community Events 2020

 

Events at a glance - click here

EVENTS POSTPONED THROUGH JUNE DUE TO COVID 19 CRISIS

2020 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 4 at 9 a.m.., February 9 at 1:00 p.m., March 14 at 9 a.m., April 10 at 9 a.m., May 3 at 9 a.m.June 17 at 9:00 a.m., July 11, at 9:00 a.m., August 1 at 9:00 a.m.September 5 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.

Spring dates: April 10th and May 3rd. POSTPONED

 


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

Arbor Day Celebration, April 17, 9:30 a.m. POSTPONED. 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.


Tree Identification Class POSTPONED

June 10 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 9 at 12 p.m. POSTPONED
Oct 24 at 1 p.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 25th – Memorial Day POSTPONED
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.
April 26 at 9 a.m. POSTPONED
June 20 at 8:30 a.m.POSTPONED
July 11 at noon
September 27 at 10 a.m.
October 25 at 10 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.
January 20 at 1 p.m.
February 23 at 1 p.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.


Patriots Day September 11
Commemorate Patriots Day with Elmwood.  

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. 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 300Wednesday, 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 36th 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
May 1 – September 15         7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Daily
September 16 – April 30       8:30 a.m. – 4:00 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 4 at 9 a.m.

January 20 at 1 p.m.

Birding with Detroit Audubon Society

African American History Walking Tour

February 9 at 9 a.m.  Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
February 23 at 1 p.m.
African American Heritage Walking Tour

March 14 at 9 a.m. POSTPONED Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
April 1
April 10 at 9 a.m. POSTPONED
Birding with Detroit Audubon Society

April 17 at 9 a.m. POSTPONED

April 26 at 9 a.m. POSTPONED

Tree Planting for Arbor Day 2020

Tombstone Tales History Tour

May 1 – September 15 Grounds access 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily
May 3 at 9:00 a.m. POSTPONED Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
May 9 at noon POSTPONED Spring Arboretum & History Tour
May 25 at noon POSTPONED Memorial Day Celebration - pondside

June 10 at 5:30 p.m. POSTPONED

June 17 at 5:30 p.m. POSTPONED

Tree Identification Class

Birding with Detroit Audubon Society

June 20 at 8:30 a.m. POSTPONED Tombstone Tales Tour

July 11 at 9 a.m.

July 11 at noon

Birding with Detroit Audubon Society

Tombstone Tales Tour

August 1 at 9 a.m.  Birding with Detroit Audubon Society

September 5 at 9 a.m.

Birding with Detroit Audubon Society

September 11 at 9 a.m.

 

Patriots Day


September 16 - April 2019 Grounds access from 8:30 – 4:00 daily
September 27 at 10:00 a.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
October 1  Sales Begins for Winter Wreaths.
Quantities Limited.
October 18 at 9 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
October 24 at 1 p.m. Fall Arboretum & History Tour
October 25 at 10 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