Rochester's Hope

The University of Rochester and Mt. Hope Cemetery

Founded in 1838, Rochester's historic Mt. Hope Cemetery covers an inspiring natural setting of 196 acres and contains over 350,000 gravestones.

The University of Rochester, founded in 1850, has always maintained close ties with Mt. Hope Cemetery: many faculty and alumni rest there, undisturbed within its deep repose. With the founding of the River Campus, the University now shares both physical and spiritual bonds with its peaceful neighbor.

The exhibit, "Rochester's Hope," explores the connections between Mt. Hope cemetery and the University; it was displayed in 2001 in Rush Rhees Library, and was curated by students from Professor Th. Emil Homerin's "Speaking Stones" course.