Newton Cemetery Awarded Cap Grant

Date Awarded: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – 8:00am

Newton Cemetery & Arboretum is one of 79 institutions in the United States selected to participate in the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

CAP helps sites improve the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the institution’s collections and buildings. The institution will work with a team of preservation professionals to identify preventive conservation priorities. The final assessment report will help the institution prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

“We are very excited to be awarded this grant. The Newton Cemetery & Arboretum, with support from the Friends of Newton Cemetery, wishes to develop a long-range preservation/conservation plan for the Cemetery collections. This includes improving collections care, increasing awareness of collections conservation concerns, and improving storage conditions. This grant program is the first step in reaching our goals. The Cemetery was established in 1855, but will be here for eternity. Proper care of the collections will ensure they will be available for all future generations.” –Mary Ann Buras, President Newton Cemetery & Arboretum

The Newton Cemetery & Arboretum is a non- profit Massachusetts Corporation governed by an elected board of trustees. Its mission is to operate and maintain a garden-type cemetery into the indefinite future for people of all faiths. The Friends of Newton Cemetery & Arboretum was established in 2017 and is a charitable, non- profit organization dedicated to maintaining the cultural, historical, and natural aspects of the cemetery. The Friends supports cemetery preservation, public education programs and the care of the arboretum, ensuring the Cemetery will remain a treasure for eternity.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries.


The historic Newton Cemetery & Arboretum is located at 791 Walnut Street in Newton, MA and is an active cemetery and accredited arboretum. It is open from to the public every day of the year from 8:00 AM till dusk.


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