Article: Cemeteries Get New Life as Public Gardens

July 6, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The Dallas Morning News has an article, Cemeteries get new life as public gardens by Maureen Gilmer (Scripps Howard News Service) concerning cemeteries being used as basically public gardens. Maureen is a gardener instead of a genealogist, so it’s a unique take on the subject of cleaning up and preserving cemeteries.

Excerpt from the article:

There are a lot of folks worried about what they call “endangered cemeteries.” Many are being taken over by forest or urbanization. The gravestone markers are wearing down so their chiseled faces no longer record names and dates. For history and genealogy buffs – or anyone going back to the old hometown to look up the resting places of ancestors – this loss can be devastating.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of preserved cemeteries is in making history and ancestors seem more real to youngsters. Touching the stone of a famous man or woman buried nearby brings that human off the pages of a history book and into the 21st century.

Article: Texas Czech Group Working to Preserve Traditions

June 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Radio Prague has published an article by Ian Willoughby , Texas Czech group working to preserve traditions, about John Polasek, a member of the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center’s Board of Directors, who traveled to Prague to receive an award. Ian spoke with John about Texas’ Czech heritage and what’s being done to preserve and enhance it.

Excerpts from the article:

“We’re re-establishing some of the old Czech farm homesteads. Most of the Czechs that came to Texas settled in farm areas. So we’re rebuilding the farmsteads.

Tell us also about the collections you have at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Centre of Czech historical artefacts.

“We have numerous pictures, books and all that that our ancestors brought over from the Czech Republic. We have a genealogy section where people can research their family history, and most of the people there know where there roots are in the Czech Republic, believe it or not.”

For more information about the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, visit www.CzechTexas.org

Article: A&M Researcher Digs up History in Cemetery

February 14, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Jen Sansbury writes about an archaelogical team from Texas A&M looking for unmarked graves dating from the Mexican-American war and Civil War in a cemetery in West Columbia. Her article appears in The Facts (Brazoria County).

Excerpt:

The second archaeological dig at the historic Columbia Cemetery on Saturday unearthed the corner of a 19th-century coffin and evidence of up to six other unmarked graves.

It did not, however, uncover the resting places of 248 Mexican-American War soldiers and 16 Civil War soldiers believed to be buried there.

Still, those involved with the dig pronounced it a success.

Source: The Genealogue

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