With your help, Bellefontaine created our first dedicated archive room in 2019. Staff and volunteers have spent countless hours in this special space, cataloging and organizing historic collections of maps, research documents, photographs, and other significant artifacts. These irreplaceable relics help us paint a picture of days gone by, how Bellefontaine became the institution we are today, and how we have impacted the community over time. Now, it’s time to take this process to the next level and digitize our archives, which are rich with the history of St. Louis and the families we serve.

Your gifts will allow us to hire experts to handle these treasures safely and responsibly. Scanning and imaging documents will occur on-site, allowing our staff to continually access information critical to meeting our families’ burial and memorialization needs. This includes the “Books of the Dead,” which date all the way back to 1849, family histories, files, and more.

Through your generosity, this project can become a reality in 2024, which happens to be Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum’s 175th anniversary.  What a fantastic way to help us celebrate this monumental occasion and help us ensure that those years are preserved forever. As always, your kindness and interest in Bellefontaine continue to humble me.

On behalf of the staff, Board of Trustees, our Volunteers, and the community, thank you for assisting in preserving this incredible catalog of history.


Sherry L. Smith

President and CEO, Bellefontaine Cemetery Association



Giving To Bellefontaine Cemetery

Become a Friend of Bellefontaine Cemetery. To make a gift to the Friends of Bellefontaine, you can call Joe Shields at 314-381-0750, or you can donate online in three ways:
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Over 170 Years of History

Green Burial

Green burial is an affordable and
environmentally friendly natural burial
option utilizing a biodegradable container
with no embalming, metal caskets,
and burial vaults.
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Traditional Burial

From multi-grave private lots to single plots, our affordable traditional burial options ensure you will find the final resting place appropriate
to your needs.
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Flameless Cremation

Flameless cremation is a gentle & environmentally-friendly process that accelerates the natural breakdown of the body, creating clean mineral bone ash for inurnment or burial.
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Green Burial

Niches For Cremation

Our indoor, elegant Hotchkiss Chapel
Columbarium features wooden and
glass-front niches. Our breathtaking
Lakeside columbarium features
niches on the outside walls.
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Membership & Giving

A variety of giving levels and benefits are available for your generous donations.
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Floral Tributes & Lot Care

A place of interment provides a place of remembrance and serenity for family and friends — a place to honor those we love. Bellefontaine offers several options for honoring your loved one through lot maintenance and beautification.
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Upcoming Events

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   Upcoming Events

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Trolley Tour
Tuesday, Nov. 28
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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A Spirited Holiday Past
Saturday Dec. 2
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, Dec. 5
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m

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