About Us and Membership

Friends of Grove Street Cemetery

The Friends organization was founded in 1997 in response to growing public interest in the New Haven Burial Ground, better known as the Grove Street Cemetery, as an historic and cultural resource for the community and the nation. Grove Street Cemetery is the oldest incorporated cemetery in the United States, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Autumn in the Grove Street Cemetery

Objectives of the Friends organization:
1. Preservation and protection of the Cemetery as an historically important land area, as a place of cultural significance, and as a park-like community resource.

2. Dissemination of historical knowledge and other information by means of media presentations, publications, on-site tours, lectures, conferences, etc.

Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery is administered by an elected Board of Directors composed of persons committed to the organization's purposes.

(Updated July 30, 2018)

Members of the Standing Committee

Charles H. Long, President
Eleanor C. Babbitt
Anne T. Calabresi
Charles D. Ellis
Gerald E. Gaab
Judith A. Schiff
Lorraine D. Siggins
Regina L. Starolis
J. Lloyd Suttle
C. Michael Tucker


Members of the Board of Directors
Edward S.K. Bottomley, Chairman
Nancy E. Ahlstrom
Cordalie Benoit
Darlene M. Cassella
John N. Deming, Jr.
John M. Edwards, Jr.
John C. Gambell
Channing Harris
Karin Krochmal
Millie C. Legenhausen
Benjamin L. Sandweiss
Judith A. Schiff

All residents of the Greater New Haven area, and elsewhere, are warmly encouraged to become active Members of the Friends. Annual Membership dues are: $35 for individuals and $50 for couples. Contributions in excess of membership dues would be most welcome. The membership year is January 1 to December 31.

The Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery is a taxexempt 501 (c)(3) organization.

Any Financial Expression Of Support Is Truly Appreciated And Can Be Directed as follows:

Checks should be made payable to:
Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery, Inc.
and mailed with the completed membership form (see right top of this page) to:
P. O. Box #9238; New Haven, CT 06533-0238

Membership fees:
Individual $35.  Couple $50.
Dues for non-profit organizations: $50. annually
Dues for corporations: $100. annually


To Become a Member of the Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery

Become a Member of the Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery
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Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery, Inc.
P. O. Box #9238
New Haven, CT 06533-0238