First Saturday at Green Lawn

The work of Hannah Neil, founder of the first charity in Columbus, is the focus of the April 5 First Saturday at Green Lawn program.

Presenting the program at 11 a.m. in the Huntington Chapel will be Amy Reimann, director of Archives and Alumni Affairs for Starr Commonwealth, the private not-for-profit residential treatment program that is the parent organization for the Hannah Neil Center in Columbus.

In the early days of Columbus, Mrs. Neil, the wife of businessman William Neil, turned her attention to the less fortunate residents of the area, often giving them food from her own pantry and clothing from her closet.

She founded the Female Benevolent Society, the city’s first charitable organization.

Reimann will explain the work of the Hannah Neil Mission and the Home for the Friendless over the past 150 years. Visits to the Hannah Neil grave and to the Home for the Friendless section will be offered at the conclusion of the program.

First Saturday at Green Lawn is a program presented without charge every month at Green Lawn that recognizes someone interred there who had an impact on life in central Ohio. The public is invited to attend these historical and educational programs put on by the Green Lawn Volunteers in the Huntington Chapel at the cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave.

More than 150,000 people have been buried at Green Lawn since it was established in August of 1848 as a nonprofit association. The cemetery has grown to 360 acres, 80 of which are undeveloped. A prairie, pond, butterfly garden and 3,000 trees can be found on the grounds along with the outstanding art and architecture of the many monuments and markers.

More information about Green Lawn can be found on its Web site or by calling 614-444-1123. Information about the Green Lawn Volunteers and the work they do can be found on the Web site or by calling 878-4214 or 266-5218.

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