Spring often leads people to clean closets, tidy up their yards, and tackle projects like clearing their land of debris. Too often that debris might be old, broken grave markers.
“The preservation of historic grave markers is important, it is doable and it is our responsibility as a community,” said Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) Acting Director Catherine Shannon. “The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency encourages citizens to preserve these markers even if they aren’t connected to your ancestors.”
Small family cemeteries, typically in rural areas of Illinois, are the final resting places of people from the 19th and early 20th centuries. As land values increase and more land is sought for agriculture or development use, these small burial grounds can sometimes be looked upon as obstacles, especially if the current property owner has no connection to those buried there.