Prospect Hill Cemetery
Our Nation's Capital's Historic German-American Cemetery
Established 1858
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2016 New Flag
the new flag being raised
Saturday, November 12, 2016
New Flag Dedication and Memorial Service

Members, lot owners and guests attended. It was a sunny fall day as the Washington Sängerbund sang the National Anthem during the ‘New Flag Dedication’, and with conductor Nicholas Alexander Brown and accompanist Shuain Wang, presented several selections, including a beautiful ‘Vater Unser’ by Christian Heinrich Rinck (1770-1846). German pastor Tabea Münz of the United Church/Vereinigte Kirche said prayers, and read a sermon for the memorial service.


Monday, May 30, 2016 – Memorial Day Service.
Due to a forecast of heavy rain the event had to be cancelled.


2015 Memorial Day
front center: Nadia Christova, Nicholas Brown,
Gerd Halusa, Douglas T. Ward, Hans Endrikat
Monday, May 25, 2015 – Memorial Day Service.
Members, lot owners and guests attended. The Washington Sängerbund, with conductor Nicholas Alexander Brown and accompanist Nadia Christova, presented a program of German hymns, including “Dank Deinem Segen” written by Douglas T. Ward * in memory of his late wife, and her ancestors who are buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Senior pastor Bill Federici of the United Church/Vereinigte Kirche said prayers, and spoke of the spiritual meaning of the cemetery.


* By Doug Ward:
"My late wife‘s family has graves spanning six generations at Prospect Hill Cemetery, beginning with J. Christ. Schultze, born in 1799, and his wife, Anna Dorothea Morgenroth, born in 1801, who emigrated from Germany. I wrote most of the hymn originally in English and also in German in 1994, near the time my wife and I first became pleasantly acquainted with Prospect Hill Cemetery. I felt like we needed more Thanksgiving hymns."


2014 Tabea Muenz
2014 Saengerbund
Monday, May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day Service.
Members, lot owners and guests attended. The Washington Sängerbund with conductor Nicholas Brown presented Bach cantata BMV 112 and several other german songs. Pastor Tabea Muenz of the United Church in her message included this poem she found on the internet from Civil War records.

    Play on, play on - he sleeps too well
    To hear the music's melodious swell
    Or the trampling of feet upon the ground;
    He'll not wake till the last trumpet's sound.
    When the prayer was said, and requiem played;
    In the bosom of earth the warrior laid,
    About the spot the soldier pressed,
    Where the bones of their comrade were put to rest,
    And eyes grew dim, and tongues were mute,
    As they fired their thrice farewell salute,
    That meed was his due and they paid the "brave,"
    And then left him alone in his soldier grave.


Saturday, May 10, 2014
Members and friends helped with the spring clean-up at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
2014
volunteers 2014
volunteers 2014
volunteers 2014
volunteers                                  Taking a break!                      Gerd Halusa and Christine Hambach                     Eva Brandt                       Charly Volkman


2013 Saengerbund Monday, May 27, 2013
Memorial Day Service.
Members, lot owners and guests attended.
Pastor Bill Federici of the United Church read a message from the German pastor Tabea Münz who, regretfully, was unable to attend.
The Washington Sängerbund presented "Nun danket alle Gott", "O Täler weit, o Höhen", and "Lobet den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren" under the direction of Melissa Carter.
Refreshments were provided after the service.


2013
volunteers
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Members and friends volunteered for
spring clean-up at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Maybe a few more hands would have been helpful.



Monday, May 28, 2012 at 1pm
2012 Viedt memorial Memorial Day Service

Members, lot owners and guests attended.
A new grave marker for Julius Viedt, first president of the Washington Sängerbund, was unveiled. The grave marker was donated by members of the Washington Sängerbund. President Don Christian delivered remarks in memory of Julius Viedt, and the chorus performed several German songs. Pastor Tabea Muenz of the United Church read verses and gave the blessing. Descendants of Julius Viedt attended.
Refreshments were provided after the service.


2012
volunteers
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Members and friends volunteered for a spring clean-up at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
The group shown on a beautifull sunny day at the grave site of Julius Viedt, first President of the Washington Saengerbund.



Monday, May 30, 2011 at 1pm
Memorial Day Service

Members, lot owners and guests are invited.
Participants: Pastor of the United Church. Music by the Washington Sängerbund.
Refreshments provided after the service.


Saturday, May 21, 2011
2011
volunteers
The clean-up crew at the new flag
Members and friends of the Washington Saengerbund volunteered their time to help do a Spring Cleaning at Prospect Hill Cemetery. A beautifull sunny day provided a park like background for the work crew.

On the same day a new flagpole was placed near the gate at the entrance; the dedication ceremony will be on Monday, May 31 as part of the Memorial Day service.



Monday, May 31, 2010 at 1pm
Memorial Day Service and dedication of the new Memorial Grove

Members, lot owners and guests are invited.
Participants: Bodo Schwabe, Pastor of the United Church. Music by the Washington Sängerbund.
Refreshments provided after the service.
More than 60 people attended. The dedication of the new Memorial Grove at Prospect Hill Cemetery followed the Memorial Day service at the cemetery.
Memorial
Grove
The new Memorial Grove
Carol Holler, president of the cemetery’s board of trustees said the grove was a dream come true and thanked District I for its contribution and work. Rudy Becker, the cemetery representative on the project committee gave an overview of the history of the memorial grove project.
District I Director David Healy addressed the gathering (see Garden Club blog). He thanked the National Capital Area Garden Clubs for the donations and work on the project and entrusted the grove to the care of the cemetery. The Washington Sängerbund performed Wanderers Nachtlied, a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe set to music by Franz Schubert. This poem has been called the most famous lyric poem in German literature.
Pastor Bodo Schwabe of The United Church gave the blessing. Project Manager Charmane Truesdell took a bow.


Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2pm
Totensonntag - All Souls Day Memorial Service

Members, lot owners and guests are invited to attend the annual gathering in memory of loved ones. The Washington Sängerbund will perform.


Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 10am - Storm Date: Saturday, October 10
NATIONAL GARDEN CLUB civic project at historic cemetery ready to plant

Volunteers
Volunteers helping on Sept. 19
Prospect Hill Cemetery, 2201 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 2OOO2
Plantings to screen an unsightly maintenance yard.
HELP WANTED: District 1 club members needed to work at Prospect Hill Cemetery, September 19, at 10 a.m. Holes for plants will be dug in advance; some volunteers will assist with planting trees and shrubs and some will help with logistics and refreshments. Please bring: Bottled water, a sandwich and gloves; also bring things like shovels, rakes, blade or knife to open mulch bags, a large watering can. A sizeable turnout helped to complete the project as planned.


Saturday April 19, 2008
Students from the German Honor Society at W.T.Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
voluntered their time to Prospect Hill Cemetery.

The Virginia Delta Omega chapter of the Delta Epsilon Phi German Honor Society of W.T. Woodson High School, engaged in an educational as well as helpful activity involving the clean up of Prospect Hill Cemetery. WTWoodson Group The 10 of us arrived armed with rakes and garbage bags, ready to take on the leaves and sticks scattered across the grounds.
Mr. Connell was kind enough to leave instructions and extra bags in order to make our work easier. So, rolling up our sleeves in the beautiful and comfortable weather, we tidied up the grounds, admiring the stonework on some of the gravesites, while learning of the history of the cemetery and its impact upon the surrounding community. The morning went quickly as the team worked solidly for three hours straight. At the end, we hope that we made a positive impact on the sight of the cemetery and lent a helpful hand by being involved in its upkeep.
Paulina Capar, Senior at W.T.Woodson High School

Sponsor of the German Honor Society is Myra Hillburg, German teacher at W.T.Woodson and member of the Washington Sängerbund



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