The Friends of Mount Hope Newsletter began publication in 1981. Its articles inform members of important current events and projects in the cemetery, while providing essays about Rochester's history and the individuals buried in Mount Hope. Online access is the cooperative effort of the Friends of Mount Hope, the Department of Religion and Classics, and the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation of Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester.
Many of the recent issues feature articles written by University of Rochester students participating in Professor Th. Emil Homerin's course REL 167: "Speaking Stones." The course brought students into Mount Hope Cemetery to examine grave stones and funerary architecture. Through detailed lectures, Professor Homerin introduced the students to western funeral ritual and practice, with emphasis on funerary architecture and cemeteries in the United States, and their relationship to religious and philosophical beliefs. Then, the class examined the iconography and epigraphy of specific graves and monuments in Mt. Hope cemetery. The final class project required each student to research and write about a particular grave of his or her own choosing in Mount Hope.
Please note: All articles from the Epitaph are copyrighted, and may not be reproduced without the permission from the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. A complete index to the journal is available here here. Links to additional resources may be found here.