Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery, Inc.,  a Not For Profit Organization
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127-15 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(347) 878-6614
info@friendsofmaplegrove.org




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Carl Ballenas 'Images of America' books, at the Arcadia Publishing website.
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The Friends' Directors and Officers

Carl Ballenas - President

Andrea Crawford - Vice Chair

Andrew Koslosky - Vice Chair

Helen Day - Secretary

Alex Samaroo - Co-Treasurer

Derek Netto - Co-Treasurer

Jo-Anne Raskin

Maria Vittozzi

Celeste Chau - Community Concert Director

Arturo Enamorado III - Archivist In Residence

Auxiliary Board Members

Jean Philippe Rancy

Inderia Bhola-Narine

Susan Horwich

Steven Martinez

Guishyloh Boursiquot

Judy Close

Cate Ludlam

Brandon Arjun

Tania Borschart

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Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery, Inc.
 is a non-profit, membership organization created to promote Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, NY, who are committed to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the Cemetery's park-like ambiance, as well as its historical, and cultural resources.  [Read more]


GANYC logoFRIENDS OF MAPLE GROVE Cemetery, Inc. is an official Industry Partner of GANYC, the
Guides Association of New York City!

calendarFRIENDS OF MAPLE GROVE in 2016!
Click here to see The  Friends of Maple Grove 2016 calendar and descriptions of upcoming events! Check back often for updates!

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY OR BECOME A NEW MEMBER!
Click here to print out Membership Form and mail your payment. Also, the Form can be scanned and emailed to info@friendsofmaplegrove.org.

Or Sign-Up online using PayPal here.

Butterflies PicCheck out a recap and photos from the July 9, 2016 ALLEY POND ENVIRONMENTAL CHILDREN'S BUTTERFLY WORKSHOP! To see information on this and other 2016 past events, go to our 2016 Past Events Page.  Click here to go to our 2016 Past Events page.
To see highlights from Past Events from 2015 and earlier, click here.


Upcoming Events:

tickets Pic ACTORS & ACTRESSES WALKING TOUR! Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 3pm to 4pm. Join licensed NYC Tour Guide & Friends board member, Jo-Anne Raskin, to travel back in time for a fun and educational walking tour of actors and actresses at Maple Grove.  Wear comfortable shoes as there is extensive walking.

Meet at the Victorian Administration Building at Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens NY 11415

$5 Admission
Free parking on the grounds.
Call or email to register and for further information:
347-878-6614 info@friendsofmaplegrove.org

Click here to see a flier about this event.

Spirits Alive Pic SPIRITS ALIVE! Please join us on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 2pm to 5pm for our annual Spirits Alive event! Our actors and actresses will be portraying many new and interesting residents of Maple Grove and telling their stories. Take part in this self-guided walking tour to travel back in time and meet our residents dressed in period costume, recounting tales of their interesting lives.  Our volunteers will guide you on your way. Wear a period costume! You'll fit right in!

Special performance by Musical Guest: Natalia Paruz, known as the "Saw Lady," a musical saw and novel instrument player.

A special ceremony will be held at 3:30 PM to unveil the bronze plaque for Sam Loyd, the Puzzle King. Scroll down to see more information on Sam Loyd under 'News/Announcements'.

Pedestrians can enter at the cemetery gate at Kew Gardens Rd. and Lefferts Blvd.
Drivers can enter at The Center at 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd. or at the Queens Blvd. gate and park inside the cemetery grounds, near the Victorian Memorial Park Section.

Admission is free but donations are welcome to support our upcoming events. 

Call or email for more information:
347-878-6614 carl.ballenas@gmail.com

Click here to see a flier about this event.

Wine glass Pic WINE GLASS PAINTING WITH DORI! Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm for this Wine Glass Painting Workshop! BYOB! Light refreshments will be provided

This workshop will be held at the Victorian Administration Building, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens NY 11415
Free parking in the cemetery.

Advance payment required to hold your reservation. Seats are very limited!

Call or email for further information

347-878-6614 info@friendsofmaplegrove.org

Fee: $25 - Fee includes ALL supplies. BYOB!
Pay via check made payable to 'the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery' mailed to:
127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Or Click
below to Pay via PayPal:

Click here to see a flier about this event.
Lincoln Pic LINCOLN ON THE CIVIL WAR! The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery and The New York Council for the Humanities presents this FREE READING & DISCUSSION PROGRAM FOR ADULTS: LINCOLN ON THE CIVIL WAR. Participants will come together over the course of four sessions to discuss a variety of thematically linked texts with Jo-Anne Raskin, a Friends of Maple Grove lecturer and tour guide.

Advance registration is required!

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This program will be held at the Victorian Administration Building, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens NY 11415
This building is not handicap accessible.
DATES:  SATURDAY. 10/15/16; 10/22/16, 10/29/16, 11/5/16
TIME: 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Advance registration is required!

To register and for further information, call or email:

347-878-6614 info@friendsofmaplegrove.org

This series is made possible by support from Penguin Books

Click here to see a flier about this event.

Click here to see more information about this reading series.

Announcement        Announcement
NEWS / ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery honors the memory of
Sam Loyd
“America’s Puzzle King”

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(January 30, 1841 – April 10, 1911)
Sam Loyd is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery and this year marks the 175th Anniversary of his birth!
Click here to see more.


Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery in the News!!

Click here to see the NY1 report on The Friends of Maple Grove event honorimg the Civil War Veterans at Maple Grove Cemetery and marking the 150th Anniversary of the ending of the Civil War.

Click here to see the NY1 report on the students of The Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy Aquinas Honor Society of Jamaica Estates marking the 95th Anniversary of the September 16, 1920 NYC Terrorist Bombing with a visit to the Maple Grove Cemetery grave of one of the 38 victims of that bombing.


Major Civil War Find at Maple Grove Cemetery!

Click here to see more information and photos!


Click here to see an article in Metropolitan Archivist Volume 20, No. 2 (Summer 2014)  by Friends of Maple Grove President Carl Ballenas. "Creative Uses of Cemetery Archives at Maple Grove"

Grebe Radio! Friends of Maple Grove recently purchased a wonderful Grebe Radio! Alfred Grebe was born in Richmond Hill and opened the Grebe Radio Factory in his old homestead. He died in 1935 and is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery. Grebe Radios are highly prized and made at the Richmond Hill factory. Click here to see pictures of the wonderful Grebe Radio!

Click here to go to the Grebe Radio website


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Do you like to sew? Be a volunteer for our special projects and events! [More Details Here]


Membership The Friends of Maple Grove have many wonderful events planned. By becoming a member you help support our efforts and benefit in many ways. Student Members ($15), Individual Members ($25), Family ($35), and Organizational Supporters ($75). Also consider becoming a Friends of Maple Grove SPONSOR or PATRON.  [Join here]


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141st Anniversary This year (2016) marks the celebration of Maple Grove Cemetery's 141st Anniversary!

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 A History of Maple Grove Cemetery can be found on the
Kew Gardens History Web Site

Take the Walking Tour!

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The making of this historical walking tour map took many years to reach this stage. Over 50 persons and points of interest are delineated on the map. Sadly many others could not fit. It was created to help enjoy the marvels of Maple Grove Cemetery, a truly hidden gem located in the heart of Queens!

Click here to see Walking Tour Map front

Click here to see Walking Tour Map back

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  • Maps and photographs showing the location of the two main buildings, the four main entrances, and walking directions from the Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike Subway Station.


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The above map shows the four main entrances (Labeled 1 to 4) into Maple Grove Cemetery and the two main buildings.
The Van Wyck/Briarwood Station for the E & F Trains is also shown. The Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike Station is out of view and shown
on another map below.


The Center Building at Maple Grove on Kew Gardens Road

The 2007 Center at Maple Grove Cemetery Building which houses Celebration Hall, The Community Room and the Maple Grove Cemetery Offices. Shows the front of the building facing
Kew Gardens Road at 129th Street.


The rear view of the Center Building at Maple Grove

The 2007 Center at Maple Grove Cemetery Building showing the
back of the edifice. Location of Celebration Hall.


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Bird’s Eye view of the Center at Maple Grove Building.
Use side door entrance from Parking Lot. This is the location of the Kew Gardens Road at 129th Street ENTRANCE


The 1880 Victorian Administration Building The 1880 Victorian Administration Building  showing side view.


Looking from the Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Boulevard intersection. Front view of  the 1880 Victorian Administration Building on
Kew Gardens Road.
This is the Kew Gardens Rd and Lefferts Blvd. ENTRANCE.


The Queens Boulevard Entrance
The Queens Boulevard Entrance

Union Turnpike
The Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike Subway Station. Queens Blvd
is on the left and Kew Gardens Rd is shown on the right.



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Walking Directions from the Kew Gardens\Union Turnpike
Subway Station to Maple Grove Cemetery:
Take E or F Train to the Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike Station.
(Sit in the front car of the train). Walk upstairs and look for Kew Gardens Road and walk three blocks to Lefferts Blvd. where the Victorian Administration Building is located. To reach the Center
at Maple Grove, continue along Kew Gardens Rd until you find
The Center at 129th St. (Refer to first map above. )


Briarwood/Van Wyck Subway Station
The Briarwood/Van Wyck Subway Station showing the Pedestrian ENTRANCE to Maple Grove Cemetery on the Van Wyck Service Road. Refer to first map to view locations and distance from this entrance to The Center at Maple Grove and The Victorian Building.

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