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7 Things HOF Is Thankful For This Thanksgiving

7 Things HOF is Thankful for this Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday affords us time to pause and reflect on some of the things that we at Historic Oakland Foundation are most thankful for:

Our City – Oakland Cemetery is a City of Atlanta park here for Atlantans past, present, and future. We love our city and are so grateful for all of the support and love that the city gives Oakland, including voting our Golden Hour exhibition Best Gallery Show/Art Exhibition in Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta awards.

Our Gardens – Oakland’s gardens are beautiful year-round and provide a unique experience for visitors during each visit. The care of Oakland’s gardens, drawing on the Victorian practice of families gardening their own lots, is time and labor intensive, and we are continually in awe of the staff, contractors, and hundreds of volunteers who devote themselves to the care of Oakland’s timeless gardens.

Our Volunteers – with nearly 250 volunteers donating over 15,000 hours so far in 2018, Oakland Cemetery wouldn’t be the same without its incredible volunteers. Staffing the Visitor Center, giving tours, gardening, and running events–volunteers make Oakland Cemetery what it is today. Interested in volunteering at Oakland? Let us know!

Our MembersMembers of Historic Oakland Foundation are our biggest supporters and champions and their support goes a long way to helping us fulfill our mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery in partnership with the City of Atlanta. Join the Foundation today to share our member benefits including free tours, advanced access to Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tour tickets, 10% off in the Visitor Center, and much, much more.

Our Tree Canopy – Oakland’s 1600+ trees provide shade in the summer, habitats for birds and wildlife, and give Oakland Cemetery a foundation of natural beauty and tranquility. Help us preserve this arboreal gem for future generations to enjoy by supporting our Tree Canopy Fund.

Our Donors – In the first forty-two years of Historic Oakland Foundation, we’ve restored about 30% of Oakland Cemetery with the help and support of local foundations, corporations, and individuals. As we continue to make good progress with the restoration work in the historic African American burial grounds and on Jewish Hill, we are also turning our attention to restoring the 1908 Women’s Comfort Station. We are incredibly thankful for all of those who have supported our work.

Our Board – Historic Oakland Foundation’s Board of Trustees provides governance oversight, guidance, and support for all of HOF’s operations and activities. This group of passionate, energetic, and dedicated supporters ensure that Historic Oakland Foundation continues to thrive and grow to ensure that Oakland Cemetery continues to be an island of tranquility in the heart of the city.

Historic Oakland Foundation wishes all of our friends, supporters, and visitors a happy and restful Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you soon for one of our exciting programs including The Harvest Hunt (until November 25), Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History (November 24), and Victorian Holiday (December 1).

Richard Harker

Director of Programming and Volunteers

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