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What We’re Thankful For

Thanksgiving always provides a moment towards the end of the year for us to pause and reflect on what we’re most grateful for, and even during this most trying year, there is so much that I am incredibly thankful for:

Our visitors
Everyone who visits Oakland to learn about our city’s history, walk their dog, pass through on their commute, or attend an HOF event reminds us of the many diverse ways that Oakland serves as a vital resource, historic site, and community asset for all Atlantans.

Our members and supporters
Historic Oakland Foundation is surrounded by members and supporters who consistently provide essential support to allow us, as a non-profit organization, to enact our mission. We could not preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery for the benefit of all without their investments in our work.

Our board and volunteers
The volunteer leadership of our Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors, along with the time, passion, and talent of our nearly 300 strong volunteer corps are the lifeblood of our organization. And this year, where our in-person activities, meetings, tours, and events have been so significantly curtailed, the continued investment of time and talent from our closest supporters continues to sustain us. It also brings me, personally, great comfort and joy.

Our staff
Whether fixing headstones, taking care of Oakland’s heritage gardens, providing new contact-less or digital programming, or conducting all of the work behind-the-scenes that most visitors don’t see, the nimbleness and dedication of the Historic Oakland Foundation staff has never been more apparent in its abundance than during the challenges of this year.

Our partners
At its heart, Historic Oakland Foundation is a community-oriented organization that enacts its mission with the support of and in support of a wide range of community partners, from local non-profits, neighboring businesses, and the City of Atlanta Parks Department. In a year when so many have struggled, we continued to take strength from the resilience and connectedness of our city and our many community partners.

And beautiful Oakland Cemetery
I’m always thankful for the history, beauty, and peace of historic Oakland Cemetery, but this year, especially, we have all been reminded of the value and importance of open greenspace. For many, Oakland has been a safe place for respite, relaxation, and recreation. Oakland truly is a gem in Atlanta’s crown, and I am thankful and honored to work in this most special place.

 

 

 

Co-Executive Director
Historic Oakland Foundation

Richard Harker

Co-executive Director

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