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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cemeteries, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, History Museums

Mission: To raise funds to continue our restoration of these historic grounds, monuments, & Gatekeeper house & transformation into a vibrant Cultural Heritage site providing a historic open space for the community, students, visitors and future generations with an active calendar of cultural events.

Results: We have raised and re-invested over $200,000 of major repairs to date, built a new garage, fixed the historic Gatekeeper house where we are now housing Veterans onsite, fully replacing the roof, plus new kitchen and bath. Our 100% Volunteer Mission has been the recipient of multiple city, county & now national proclamations & awards, including the JC Landmarks Conservancy Preservation Award, Congressional Medal of "Woman of History", and "The Hometown Hero Award" from the INTREPID Air, Sea, & Space Museum for our Protection of thousands of Veterans, National Preservation "Oakley Award" from Natl' Assoc of Gravestone Studies, and as of May 2017, formally deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. THIS PLACE MATTERS!!

Target demographics: protect Veterans, promote history, and preserve over 350 years of history and nature

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of Veterans, Students, and the general public

Geographic areas served: The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery

Programs: Our 100% Volunteer Mission operates the Historic Cemetery, offering daily Volunteer opportunites, military and musical tributes to honor our thousands of Veterans, plus a calendar of cultural events including live Shakespeare & other theatrical performances, historic Walking Tours, Earth, Arbor & Constitution Day Celebrations, Concerts, & "History Rocks!" Festivals . We promote history and educate the public about the amazing early American military history that took place on these grounds, Protection & Preservation of Jersey City, Hudson County, & NJ prominent leaders & residents, plus we are housing Veterans onsite who act as our Security and help supervise our daily Volunteers. Our historic Cemetery and History Park (which was sadly abandoned 7 years ago) has been transformed into a beautiful Memorial History Park, providing a beautiful 6 acre green open space sanctuary and living history museum, filled with historic monuments, colonial plants, ancient wildlfowers & wildlife.

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Rating: 5

Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is not only historic for its eternal resting place of so many people, including veterans of wars fought for our nation, but it is also the site of Revolutionary War encampments & was an important stop in the journey of those traveling the Underground Railroad (a tunnel entrance from a crypt leading something like a mile to a safe house!). This Cemetery has been featured as a location in HBO's Sopranos. This cemetery is a holy ground for the community to observe Memorial Day & pay direct tribute to those fallen in U.S. Wars...this Cemetery is a place where nature and the living can come together to celebrate life & history as a venue for music performance and great works, like Shakespeare in the park and cultural events, like Civil War Reenactments. Rare flowers, dating back to early settlement of our nation still thrive in this cemetery, because it is an open space that for centuries was preserved by the urban community that surrounds it. I am thrilled & blessed to live so near this place that begs to be Federally recognized as one of our nations most important spots!.

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info 06/26/2014

Thank you for this beautiful outstanding review of Jersey City's Treasure - The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery.. We are blessed to have good friends and volunteers like YOU!

2 Amy_155

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the coolest places in Jersey City. Where else in this completely urban city will you find wild turkeys and sometimes even deer (and now goats)? This site is full of lush greenery and so much history, we are very lucky for the amazing volunteers who saved it from the wrecking ball and are lovingly restoring it to its former glory. They hold many interesting fundraising events throughout the year with music, historical lectures and reenactments and guided tours of the cemetery and catacombs.

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info 06/26/2014

Thank you so much for your lovely review of Jersey City's Treasure...THe Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery. Much appreciated. We hope you will come visit us again soon!