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As a child, Tom Fisher and his parents took road trips around the country visiting historic sites. His interest in Presidents and their places of burial began on these trips and he recalls his discovery of Garfield’s Memorial at Lake View Cemetery. Tom, who resides in Philadelphia, has visited Lake View at least 6 times and it has become one of his favorite cemeteries.
Over the years, Tom’s collection of photographs, slides, and digital pictures, has grown to include over 12,000 grave sites in fifty states. With a passion for American history, the subjects of his extensive collection include the graves of Presidents, Vice Presidents, Presidential running mates, and other political figures. For preservation purposes, he recently donated his extensive collection to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Sustaining the rich history of our cemeteries is paramount to Tom. “Cemeteries are the ultimate recipient of historic people,” he says. “Visiting a cemetery brings you closer to the past.”
Sustaining the rich history of our cemeteries is paramount to Tom.
Beyond what is preserved on film, Tom wants to ensure that at the time of his passing, nine of his favorite cemeteries will receive funds to ensure their educational value. He encourages cemeteries to strengthen their tours, scholastic materials, and anything else that promotes the political or cultural impact of those buried there. Lake View will be one of the lucky beneficiaries.
Tom stated: “Whether you worked hard for your funds or were lucky enough to acquire them, you have a responsibility to make good use of them and leave a legacy for future generations.”
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