Recognizing the value of Glenwood to our community, the Glenwood Cemetery Historic Preservation Foundation was formed in 1999 to raise funds for the preservation of historic Glenwood Cemetery beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance and operation. Glenwood is an active cemetery and revenue is generated by lot sales, burial fees, and miscellaneous service revenues. These revenue sources, however, are not sufficient to pay the total cost of tree and landscape maintenance or repair and restoration of historic monuments. In addition, funds are needed for special projects such as the complex effort currently underway to control erosion. The Foundation was created to raise funds for these critical needs.
We welcome your interest in Glenwood Cemetery and invite you to participate with us in protecting and preserving its historic integrity and natural beauty. Your contributions will ensure that this special treasure will be available for the benefit of future generations. For more information about the Foundation and its activities, click here to download a brochure.
In 2005, the Foundation commissioned SWA Group to prepare a Master Plan to guide Glenwood’s future. The Master Plan will optimize development of remaining land resources while preserving the historic character of the cemetery, and enhancing its historic landscape.
An extensive project to halt serious erosion along a gully in the northern portion of the cemetery was completed. The erosion has claimed valuable land and historic gravesites are threatened. The first phase of the project is nearing completion, and it has succeeded in halting the erosion in the northeast corner of the cemetery. Funds are currently being raised to continue the project along the gully to the western boundary of the property, then south toward Buffalo Bayou, and along part of the Memorial Drive frontage.
To appropriately preserve Glenwood’s history, a book, Houston's Silent Garden, has been published by Texas A&M University Press that tells the story of Glenwood from its formation in 1871 to the present. Glenwood was established as a private cemetery during the difficult years of Reconstruction following the Civil War. A critical need for additional burial space in Houston had been identified as early as 1860. Glenwood responded to that need and, in addition, to the growing desire of city dwellers to have more contact with landscapes of natural beauty. Like other romantic cemetery parks of the 19th century, Glenwood provided such a setting.
For many of the historic gravesites at Glenwood, there are no living descendants to take responsibility for maintenance and repair. Over time, Houston’s soil causes monuments, statuary and copings to sink, and those displaced by tree roots must be repaired and stabilized. In order to preserve the beauty and historic integrity of Glenwood, the Foundation provides funds for the restoration of these beautiful reminders of our history.
Tree and landscape maintenance
Glenwood’s tree maintenance programs are of utmost importance in maintaining Glenwood as a place of natural beauty and quiet refuge for the benefit of all Houstonians and visitors. Your contributions to tree programs are used to provide regular feeding, pruning and lightning protection. This not only ensures the health of the trees, but it protects irreplaceable monuments and statuary from damage caused by falling limbs and trees. Individuals, families and organizations may participate through one of the following programs.
You may designate your gift to the Foundation for one of the projects or programs listed above, or you may make an unrestricted donation to be applied where the need is greatest. Whatever your choice, you can be assured your gift will help the Foundation achieve its goal of preserving and protecting Glenwood Cemetery.
|The Foundation is guided by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
|Please click here to make an online donation to the Glenwood Cemetery Historic Preservation Foundation. Our online donations are securely managed by GiftTool.
You may also support the work of the Foundation with contributions of appreciated securities, bequests through wills, life insurance policies, and retirement accounts. Please contact Richard Ambrus, the Foundation’s Vice President and Treasurer, for information on these alternatives.
We welcome your participation and support. For information, please contact the Foundation's office at 713.864.7886.