Last night during the WXXI-TV documentary “A Walk Through History in Mount Hope Cemetery” there were several pledge breaks. One of the gifts that they would give for a pledge was the book Buried Treasures by Richard Reisem. The book tells the stories of some 500 individuals buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester. The stories tell of the good and the bad, the famous and the notorious, the rich and the destitute, the creative and the eccentric, the lucky and the unfortunate. There is even a dictionary of symbols and decorative motifs used in 19th- and 20th-century gravestone design. The 176 pages also includes stunning photographs by Frank A. Gillespie.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this book, there are two ways to obtain it. First, you can call WXXI and make a pledge of $75 or more and ask for for the book as a “thank you” gift. You can also order the book directly from the group “Friends of Mt. Hope” on this page for $20 and $3 shipping.