Work days for 2017 will begin in April and run through October. The work days will
concentrate on resetting markers and probing for new ones. We will continue with
work around the boundary of the Old cemetery.
Bylaws and Strategic Plans
We have a set of bylaws and Strategic Plans for each area of our work. The committee
adopted the documents produced so far in October 2013; other areas are currently
being worked on.
Goals for each area of work are as follows:
GOAL 1: Locate and preserve grave makers
GOAL 2: Preserve and enhance the landscaping in Toledo State Hospital Cemeteries
GOAL 3: Improve the accessibility of cemeteries
GOAL 4: Improve the appeal of cemeteries
GOAL 5: Create and maintain memorials and other informational enhancements
Research and Records
GOAL 6: To explore and preserve the history of Toledo State Hospital and those who
received treatment, lived and worked there
Community Education and Awareness
GOAL 7: To educate the community about Toledo State Hospital and those interred
in its cemeteries
GOAL 8: To educate the community and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health,
disability and addiction issues
GOAL 9: Develop the Archives Room into a public, permanent Toledo State Hospital
Museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of artifacts
and documents related to the history of the Toledo State Hospital
GOAL 10: Create new revenue streams to support the cemetery maintenance and enhancements
contained in the Strategic Plan
TSHCRP is a grass roots organization that welcomes donations to support of our efforts
to restore the State Hospital cemeteries. Tax deductible donations can be made to
NAMI of Greater Toledo. For more details see our Donating page.
When the original plat lines were laid out by the City of Toledo, the state owned
the entire tract of land along the north side of Arlington Avenue between Detroit
and Byrne. Over time, the property was sold off or re-purposed.
In 2016, major work in the old cemetery was discussed including removal of trees
and construction of a pathway. A road-block to this project was that, in re-purposing
the old cemetery property, part of it was transferred to TPS for the construction
of Bowsher HS. This transferred property included 3 rows of burial markers on the
east side of the cemetery.
After discussions with TPS, they agreed they had no use for their land which contained
these burials. A surveyor was hired to stake out the current property line and put
together a land transfer to make ownership of the entire cemetery under the University
of Toledo. This process is ongoing but once complete will allow us to move forward
with this project.
In addition to the property transfer, we also have a Bowsher HS art student helping
us put together a series of signs to be located along the proposed pathway.