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  • Discover the History Behind Cypress Lawn’s Columbariums

    By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation A columbarium is structure that holds only cremated remains. This original columbarium on the East Campus of Cypress Lawn — the first in the United States to be built inside cemetery grounds — dates from 1893, a year after Cypress Lawn opened. There was space …
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  • Noble Chapel: A Beautiful, Historic Treasure at Cypress Lawn

    The Noble Chapel you behold today is a 2016 restoration of the original 1893 structure. This restoration was painstakingly pursued in order to return this chapel as closely as possible to the appearance and specifications of the original structure.

  • Stories of Cypress Lawn: The Clown of Eternal Jest

    By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation Cypress Lawn has acquired Olivet Memorial Park in Colma. Situated at the base of the San Bruno Mountains, with huge cypress and palm trees throughout, Mount Olivet — as it was originally named — opened in 1896, four years after Cypress Lawn. Known as the …
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  • Honoring the Life of Ishi – The Last Survivor of the Yahi Tribe

    By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation Cypress Lawn has acquired Olivet Memorial Park in Colma. Situated at the base of the San Bruno Mountains, with huge cypress and palm trees throughout, Mount Olivet — as it was originally named — opened in 1896, four years after Cypress Lawn. Known as the …
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  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906: Big One Revisited

    By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation April 18 was the 116th anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthquake. In this blog, we are paying tribute to the late Gladys Hansen and her contribution to scholarship. Hansen was appointed as the first (and only) chief archivist of the City of SanFrancisco. Through …
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  • Exciting Changes Ahead: Announcing the Acquisition of Olivet Memorial Park
    By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation Cypress Lawn has purchased Olivet Memorial Park, which includes a crematory and a funeral home. This acquisition will improve our delivery systems for services, cremations, and receptions; reduce annual irrigation costs;  and open up access to 8 additional acres of land for cemetery sales. Situated ...
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  • Honoring Black History Month at Cypress Lawn
    At Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, it has always been our honor to serve families of all ethnicities and cultures, especially our African-American neighbors in the Bay Area. During Black History Month, we’d like to highlight some of the special and influential African Americans who are laid to eternal rest within our grounds. ...
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  • Buried at Cypress: An Aviator and An Author
    One of our deepest honors at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park is to be able to pay tribute to the many prominent thinkers and leaders from the past century and beyond who are laid to rest here. It’s always been our privilege to help our San Francisco neighbors of all ethnicities, religions, and cultures ...
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  • Buried at Cypress: A Baseball Legend and a Fire Buff
    Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park has been serving Bay Area families of all ethnicities, religions, and cultures for well over a century. It’s our honor and privilege to be able to help our neighbors lay their loved ones to rest with respect and dignity. In our series, “Buried at Cypress,” we are sharing ...
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  • Buried at Cypress: A Billionaire and a Medical Mystery
    More than 300,000 souls from the Bay Area have been laid to rest at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park since our founder first opened our facility in 1892. Among the people who are resting in final peace among our serene and beautiful grounds are many well-known names, ranging in nature from statesmen to ...
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