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Join the thousands who visit Crown Hill each year and experience the incredible beauty, history, and heritage of the nation's third largest cemetery on a guided walking or driving tour. Twice voted "Best of Indy Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, our Public and Private guided group tours offer an interesting and detailed look into the lives of many of the famous and infamous, fascinating, and sometimes ordinary people buried and entombed here.
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      We invite you to join us in 2016 as we celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial Year! We have a special guided tour planned that we'll offer twice this year, and a very special Bicentennial Celebration on June 28th. In addition, one of the ways that we're celebrating in a living, "green" way, is that we're planting 200 trees at Crown Hill for Indiana's 200th birthday!
      Did you know that one of the original signers of Indiana's Constitution in 1816 is buried at Crown Hill? ROBERT HANNA was one of the founding fathers of our state and will be a focus of our celebrations! Another focus will be PAUL HADLEY, designer of the Indiana State flag, who is also buried at Crown Hill! 
      Please visit our 2016 Tours & Events page to read all about our special tours and Bicentennial event! And visit our Tomorrow's Canopy page to read about how you can help celebrate with a donation to plant 200 Bicentennial trees!





 
You Can Help Build "Tomorrow's Canopy" Today!
 
We invite you to partner with us to help create "Tomorrow's Canopy" in Crown Hill! Visit Crown Hill's "Go Fund Me" campaign to help raise funds for 200 new trees to replace about half of the trees killed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetles. Each tree is $300, which includes the purchase, planting, and care provided by youth that we'll hire to just for that purpose. Please join us! No amount is too small! You can donate money for a leaf ~ a branch ~ a trunk ~ a whole tree ~ or bunches of trees! You can read more about our "Tomorrow's Canopy" campaign Online and in our Fall 2015 Newsletter (PDF). So far generous donors have funded 64 trees! 136 to go! Thank you! 


CROWN HILL:
History, Spirit, Sanctuary
WINS NATIONAL AWARD!

       In celebration of Crown Hill's 150th Anniversary, Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and Indiana Historical Society Press have published a fantastic coffee table book, and people LOVE it! 
       We're very proud that CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary was chosen as the SILVER AWARD WINNER for Foreward Review's prestigious national IndieFab "BOOK OF THE YEAR" in the Regional Category! (Awards were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers from around the country, in conjunction with Forward's editorial staff. Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, IndieFab winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 60 categories. Winners were announced at the American Library Association's annual conference in Las Vegas.) 
      CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a beautiful 380-page coffee table book which tells the story of our nation's third largest non-government cemetery from its founding in 1863 (during the Civil War) until today. Authors Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder cover many topics including extensive history, personal and poignant stories, natural history, and numerous vignettes of individuals and families who rest within its historic Gothic gates. It features over 600 beautiful, full color photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, including a number of aerial photos of Crown Hill that will capture your attention as they allow you to see Crown Hill as you've never seen it before! Author Douglas Wissing beautifully weaves together 150 years of Crown Hill history with local and state history, creating the context which allowed Crown Hill to become the "City on the Hill" - the final resting place of many of our pioneers, civic leaders, politicians, musicians, actors, artists, automotive manufacturers and Indianapolis 500 notables, military and public safety heroes, and countless others.
      
Something unique about this wonderful book is that you don't need to have family buried at Crown Hill to thoroughly enjoy it. In fact, you don't need to have ever stepped foot inside our gates to love it! The book is 11"x11", is hard bound, and weighs approx. 5.5 lbs!
       BOOK REVIEW! You can read a wonderful REVIEW of our book by William A. Browne in the December 2014 issue of Indiana Magazine of History. (Please note that our second photographer, Richard Fields, was mistakenly omitted from the review.) 
      CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is available for purchase at the Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery office, Monday-Saturday, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. (The address is 700 W. 38th St., which is the corner of 38th St. and Clarendon Rd.) It may also be ordered by mail by using this downloadable ORDER FORM.
      
The total cost is $40 per book, or $50 if mailed, including the shipping and handling fee of $10 per book. You may also order you copy(s) by phone or by mail for $40 each and pick your book(s) up at the Funeral Home and Cemetery office Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
 
      For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at development@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-4165.  

Monument Restoration    
Pictured here is the beautiful marble statue erected in memory of Corliss Randle Ruckle (1877-1889), a 12-year-old boy who died of diphtheria over a century ago. This life-size statue features Corliss sitting on steps with an open book and other interesting symbols, and is one of many the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation has cleaned and restored with the help of generous donors. There are countless others in desperate need of restoration and preservation before they're lost forever. We need your help and we invite you to join us in saving the treasures of Crown Hill Cemetery ~ our statues, monuments, historic family mausoleums, and markers. Please visit our Monument Restoration page to see amazing before/after photos of Corliss' full statue and other exquisite monuments. Visit our Save Me page to learn how you can help make a difference for future generations.    

Social Media
Follow us and keep up to date on the happenings at Crown Hill Cemetery! Follow us on Twitter (@CrownHillCem), and you'll enjoy the tweets of Crown Hill historian Tom Davis, who often posts about Crown Hill trivia, interesting burials, tours, and lots of interesting photos.                      
                        

"Tomorrow's Canopy" Newsletter
200 BICENTENNIAL TREES! Click HERE to download a PDF of our 21-page "Tomorrow's Canopy" Newsletter (Fall 2015-16) about our exciting "Go Fund Me" campaign to raise funds for 200 new trees to replace about half of the trees killed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetles. Each new tree is $300, which includes the purchase, planting, and care provided by youth that we'll hire to just for that purpose. We have the professional landscape planting plans in hand and have ordered the first 100 trees to be planted in 2016! Please consider a donation to our campaign! In memory or in honor of someone perhaps? Or just because you love trees! All contributions are tax-deductible and no amount is too small!

GUIDED TOURS! Check out this great article, "A Cemetery to Die For" [PDF] from the AAA Home & Away Magazine's website! Written by Chicago travel writer Susan Ward, "A Cemetery to Die For" is about Crown Hill and its residents, as well as our very popular and fun guided Public Tours.

Terrific Tours ~ Midwest Living
"TERRIFIC TOURS!" ~ we're so proud to be featured as a "TERRIFIC TOUR" in MIDWEST LIVING magazine! (Click here to read the article on Midwest Living's website.) Join us on one of these extremely popular PUBLIC TOURS throughout the summer and fall. You can count on sunset tours on the second, third, and fourth Saturday evenings of the month from June through October, with a few exceptions. You can also count on a few Saturday morning tours as well. Most will be walking tours and a few will be driving tours. The fees are just $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for school age youth. Reservations are NOT required! And if you can't make it on one of our weekend Public Tours, or would just like to have a tour for your group, we also offer PRIVATE WALKING TOURS which can be scheduled at any time (as long as a tour guide is available). The same per person rates apply with a minimum fee of $50 per tour.          

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"As a cemetery it is unique in Indiana, for its size and the historical context it provides to the families it serves and to Indianapolis. As an outdoor museum and park it is a place of reflection and education for thousands of visitors who come to it each year. There is no other property, in this city or state that, offers the pastoral tranquility and texture it does. Dignity, reverence, and peace are among many other words that define Crown Hill."