The educational mission of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery is always interpreted through the art of history—not only for what our past can teach the present, but also for how our present can benefit the future. Despite the many fascinating stories that lie behind each of the Cemetery’s stones, the histories and legacies that are most relevant to our mission are those that we are crafting at this very moment. One story can be interpreted a thousand different ways, and it is these interpretations, more so than the stories themselves, that are the true manifestations of education and creativity—the primary tools of human potential. While the Friends strive to make these vital tools accessible to all people, the diverse neighborhoods of Philadelphia are where Laurel Hill has found its long-time home, and where the Friends have found the impact of their work truly worthwhile and meaningful.
The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery fulfill our educational mission each year through the support of our members; those in our community that take advantage of the interpretive resources that Laurel Hill provides; the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; and our valued foundation and private partners.
Please note that ALL Public and Private organized Group Tours MUST be conducted by one of our certified Tour Guides. External organizations and parties are forbidden from using the Cemetery for personal profit or private activities not first approved by Laurel Hill. We are not a public or city-run park, but a non-profit, privately-owned cultural site. Proceeds raised through our public and private tours directly support the preservation of our National Historic Landmark.
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