Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures
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Community Events 2017

 

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2017 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.


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.

March 4 at 9 a.m., April 14 at 9 a.m., April 30 at 9 a.m., May 9 at 5:30 p.m., May 24 at 9 a.m., June 16 at 5:30 p.m., July 14 at 9 a.m., August 26 at 7:30 a.m., September 22 at 9 a.m., October 13 at 9 a.m., November 4 at 9 a.m., and December 2 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.

September 20 at 5:30 p.m., October 12 at 8 a.m. 

 


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

Arbor Day Celebration, April 28. 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

Date to be determined.

Tree Tours
This special tour will couple our history tour with information about the majestic trees on the property provided by an 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.

May 12 8:30 a.m.
Oct 21 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 through September, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


May 29th – Memorial Day


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 10 at 8:30 a.m.
July 15 at 8:30 a.m.
August 19 at 8:30 a.m.
September 27 at 8:30 a.m.
October 28 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.


September 16th – April
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.


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 300Friday, November 10, 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 33rd annual commemoration.  Please note the date of this event is consistent with the national observance of Veterans Day.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 return of birds to 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 p.m. Daily
May 1 – September 15         7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Daily

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

Events at a glance:

March 4 at 9 a.m.  Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
April 1 Summer Begonia Floral Beds Available
April 14 at 9 a.m.  Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
April 28 at 9 a.m.
Arbor Day Celebration
April 30 at 9 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
May – September Grounds access 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily
May 9 at 5:30 p.m. Evening Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
May 12 at 8 a.m. Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited
June 3 at 8 a.m.
Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited
June 10 at 8:30 a.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
July 15 at 8:30 a.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
August 19 at 8:30 a.m.  Tombstone Tales Tour
August 26 at 10 a.m. Detroit Historical Society Tour
   
September 16 - April 2018 Grounds access from 8:30 – 4:00 daily
September 20 at 5:30 p.m., Gatehouse Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited
September 22 at 9 a.m., Gatehouse Birding with Detroit Audubon
September 27 at 8:30 a.m., Gatehouse Tombstone Tales Tour
October 1  Winter Wreaths Available for Gravesites
October 12 at 8 a.m., Gatehouse Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited
October 13 at 9 a.m., Gatehouse Birding with Detroit Audubon
October 21 at 8:30 a.m., Gatehouse
Arboretum Tour
October 28 at 8:30 a.m., Gatehouse
Tombstone Tales Tour
November 2 at 9 a.m., Gatehouse Walking Tour - Gatehouse to Chapel
November 2 at 10 a.m., Chapel All Souls’ Service
November 4 at 9 a.m. Gatehouse Birding with Detroit Audubon
November 10 at 10 a.m., Civil War Section Veterans Day Celebration
December 2 at 9 a.m., Gatehouse Birding with Detroit Audubon