An Overview of Elmwood Cemetery

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Elmwood Cemetery, in Kansas City, Missouri, occupies 43 acres in an idyllic park-like setting. Established in 1872, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and honors a roster of some of the most prominent citizens from Kansas City’s long history. The beautiful century-old monuments for the interred gracefully dot the landscape. Elmwood Cemetery was designed by George E. Kessler, the famed landscape architect of the Kansas City parks and boulevard system.  He created a tree lover’s dream that continues to delight.

Operated by the Elmwood Cemetery Society, comprised of local historians, this not-for-profit organization receives no state or Federal support. Dedicated volunteers manage the maintenance and preservation of Elmwood Cemetery. Elmwood has no paid staff, and relies on the support and generosity of the community.

Rules and Regulations

  • Please understand that Elmwood Cemetery is private property.
  • Visitors are welcome between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM daily.
  • Cemetery grounds may be closed due to inclement weather conditions.
  • We ask that visitors behave with respect and decorum while on our premises.
  • No photography/videography for publication without written consent of Elmwood Cemetery Society Board of Trustees.
  • Pets must be on a leash and under owner control at all times.
  • Unauthorized activities on our premises constitute trespassing.

Meet Our Board of Trustees

John Weilert | President of the Board

Ed Matheny | First Vice President of the Board

Hal Lowenstein | Second Vice President, Counsel

Paul Benson | Treasurer

Nancy Elder | Secretary

Bob Denzel

Andrew Kaplan

DJ Hyde Matheny

Bill McCollum