2016-08-23 / Front Page

Center Point Cemetery Receiving Facelift From Boy Scout Troop 101

by Pat Wilkinson
Clay County
Genealogy Society


The Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc. is sponsoring the one-day Cemetery Restoration Workshop on Saturday, September 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Center Point. (Courtesy Photo) The Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc. is sponsoring the one-day Cemetery Restoration Workshop on Saturday, September 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Center Point. (Courtesy Photo) Older sections of most cemeteries are in disrepair. One area cemetery will be receiving a facelift. Boy Scout Troop 101 will be cleaning the historical section of the Center Point Cemetery on September 3rd in preparation for the Cemetery Restoration Workshop participants to clean and repair leaning and fallen stones on the following Saturday. Most people do not go to a cemetery unless a loved one is being interred or for Memorial Day. As a result, they are not aware of the need for repair and restoration of gravestones and cemeteries.

Participants will become aware of Indiana laws pertaining to cemeteries and the genealogical and historical value of restoring and preserving them.

An educational brochure will be provided, which will include guidelines for cemetery restoration, list proper tools and techniques for cleaning and repairing gravestones, and list helpful resources.

The Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc. is sponsoring the one-day Cemetery Restoration Workshop on Saturday, September 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Center Point.

The morning session will be held in the Clay County Genealogy Library at 309 Main Street and will include information from Jeannie Regan-Dinius of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, who will explain the Indiana Codes relating to county cemeteries and the responsibilities of local officials. Her presentation will be followed by instructions on cleaning and repairing cemetery stones by Wayne Langman and Jeff Dickerson. The afternoon portion of the workshop will be spent in the historical section of the Center Point Cemetery cleaning and repairing stones.

The workshop is open to anyone wanting to learn the proper methods of restoring cemetery stones; however, space is limited and reservations need to be made ASAP. The registration fee of $15.00 will include morning refreshments, a boxed lunch and a drink. Registrants will receive a “goodie bag” containing items relating to the workshop.

The workshop is being made possible with a grant from the Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities and several Clay County businesses and organizations: A+ Printing, Ace Hardware, Boy Scout Troop # 101, Clay County Chamber of Commerce, First Christian Church, Riddell National Bank, Wallace Bros. Disposal & Recycling, and WW Dirt Works.

To obtain a registration form, you may visit the Clay County Genealogy Library on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., call 812-835-5005 during the same hours, or print a registration form from their website, www.ccgsilib.org.

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