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The Lincoln Conservation Commission voted last week to give $600 to Blackstone Valley Historical Society for future purchases to be used in the restoration of historical cemeteries.
Ken Postle of Pawtucket and John Houghton, vice president of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society, relayed their concerns about the preservation of historical cemeteries to the Lincoln Conservation Commission last week. The Valley Breeze article is here.
Ken has been attempting to locate missing historical cemetery lots, sifting through notes and transcriptions that date back to the 1800s. The Rhode Island Cemetery Commission’s database gives the descriptions of locations done by cemetery inscription transcribers who inventoried the cemeteries at intervals from 1875 to the 1990’s, but the verbal descriptions can be vague, and later transcribers can sometimes find no trace of a cemetery previously recorded.
Kathy Hartley, president and founder of Friends of the Hearthside, was named a “2015 Rhode Islander of the Year” this month by Rhode Island Monthly magazine.for her accomplishments at the Hearthside mansion on Great Road.