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2021 Annual Meeting


November 1, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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All Hallows Guild Annual Meeting

Please join us for our Annual Meeting on Monday, November 1st, 2021.

The meeting will be held in the Cathedral’s Nave and feature speaker Anne “Dede” Neal Petri, President and CEO of the National Association for Olmsted Parks.  Her topic will be: “Celebrating 200 Years of the Olmsted Legacy – from the Capitol to the Cathedral”.

Following the meeting, an All Saints Day Service in honor of All Hallows Guild will be held in the Cathedral’s Great Choir at noon.

Note: Masks and distancing will be required inside the Cathedral.

If you wish to attend please RSVP to: ahg@allhallowsguild.org 

You can watch the meeting live – beginning at 9:00 am on Monday, November 1 by clicking on the following link: Annual Meeting Live Stream

To view or download the Noonday Prayer leaflet for the All Saints Day Service CLICK HERE

About our speaker:

Dede Petri is no stranger to All Hallows Guild and the Cathedral Close. From 1998 to 2005 she was chair or co-chair of the Guild’s Garden Committee and then President of All Hallows Guild from 2004 – 2006. She launched and served as Chair of the Olmsted Woods Restoration, a decade-long three million dollar project that revitalized the five acre woodland on the Cathedral Close.

Over the last 30 years, Dede has been a leader and innovator in a wide range of nonprofit organizations. She was the 42nd president of The Garden Club of America, a national nonprofit founded in 1913 with 201 clubs and more than 18,000 club members around the country. In 1995, she co-founded the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a non-profit dedicated to higher education, serving as president from 2003 – 2016. She is currently a Senior Fellow. She also served as General Counsel and Congressional Liaison for the National Endowment for the Humanities and worked as a First Amendment and communications lawyer. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in American history and literature and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

In addition to All Hallows Guild, she has served on the boards of many cultural and civic organizations including Friends of the National Arboretum, U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Casey Trees, and the Paine Art Center and Gardens. She currently serves as a member of the board of the Aldo Leopold Foundation and vice regent for Wisconsin of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

Celebrating 200 Years of the Olmsted Legacy: From the Capitol to the Cathedral

Dede’s talk will discuss the upcoming national celebration, Olmsted 200, marking the bicentennial (in 2022) of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. She will explore significant Olmsted contributions to the landscape design of the nation’s capital, with a particular focus on Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., son of the famed founder of American landscape architecture, who helped design the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.


All Hallows Guild was founded in 1916 to provide for the care and beautification of the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. The Guild works closely with the horticultural staff to preserve this historic landscape and raises funds for renovation and renewal of the gardens.


  • (202) 537-2937
  • ahg@allhallowsguild.org
  • 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20016


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