Our Mission

Save the Graves is dedicated to the restoration and protection of El Dorado County Cemeteries and the history contained therein. We celebrate the cemeteries and their history with projects, activities and events which contribute to our mission.

Our flagship event is also our namesake, Save the Graves, held each fall in, and benefiting Placerville Union Cemetery.

Other Activities

Events & Projects

  • Musical and theatrical cemetery events
  • Volunteer project sponsorship and supervision
  • Other fundraising in support of our mission
  • Researching historical figures connected to or buried in our cemeteries

Creating Interpretive Material

  • Biographies
  • Fraternal history
  • Cemetery information
  • Walking tours
  • Promotional brochures

Coalition Building on Behalf of El Dorado County Cemeteries

  • Volunteer activities
  • Downtown Placerville merchant outreach
  • Developing working partnerships with cemetery-related agencies, societies, and individuals
  • Advising and supporting public agencies which operate cemeteries

Our Team

Mike Roberts


Patty Borelli

Vice President

Stephanie Lisius


Michele Martin


Julianne Melchor

Member at Large

Jason Boyer

Member at Large

Merrie Trujillo

Member at Large

Kathleen Young

Member at Large

Lori Veerkamp

Member at Large