About Us Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a wonderful way to show your support for Elmwood Cemetery.  The history of the place, and the stories of those who rest here, tell the story of Memphis—our story.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on our volunteer opportunities, please contact Cookie Swain at (901) 774-3212 or by email(cookie [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org).

Tour Guide

Tour guides inspire a love of local history by guiding youth and adult educational tours of Elmwood Cemetery. 

Youth tours are scheduled between 9:00 am-2:00 pm during the school week and last approximately two hours. 

Adult tours are scheduled during the week by local groups and a public docent tour is offered on select Saturdays. 

Public tours start at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately 90 minutes.  Tour information and training are provided through Elmwood University classes. To learn more, email cookie [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org

Gardeners

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Assist the staff gardener with maintaining Elmwood’s tranquil gardens and the almost 1,500 trees in the Carlisle S. Page Arboretum. 

Days and times are flexible.  This is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer outdoors in a peaceful setting and at your own pace. 

Master Gardeners are welcome and encouraged to inquire about fulfilling their service requirements at Elmwood!

Email cookie [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org to get started! 

Restoration Crew

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Elmwood is known for its amazing collection of monuments that date back to the mid 1800s. Some monuments need extra TLC, and that's where you come in.

Learn how to correctly care for monuments. Graduates of Stone College assist with the cleaning and restoration of monuments under the guidance of Elmwood staff. 

Days and times are flexible.  Training is provided through Elmwood University's Stone College classes. To learn more, email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org

Costume Tour Actor

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Assume the character of someone featured on the popular yearly costume walking tour. Period costumes and written scripts are provided for you to portray your character.

Characters change from year to year. Who knows who you'll be asked to portray?

Indulge your inner performer! Email cookie [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org for information.

Special Events Volunteer

Elmwood is an active cemetery that offers many enjoyable programs and special events. 

Several special events are held throughout the year including the Costume Twilight Tour in October and the Lunch & Lecture series.

Volunteers assist in a variety of capacities, from registering participants to directing guests, to handing out informational materials and simply greeting the public. 

October is the month during which the staff of the cemetery needs volunteers for special events the most! Can you help? We'd love to have you. Email cookie [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org for information. 

Office Assistant

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Office volunteers assist the Elmwood staff, particularly the Elmwood historian, with special projects. 

Recent projects have included creating a photographic database of existing headstones, clipping and filing newspaper articles, and other specialized archival projects.

If you would like to volunteer as an Office Assistant, we ask that you have computer experience, especially with the Microsoft Office Suite. To learn more, email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org

Availability on weekdays is necessary for this volunteer role.