Chris Ward: Vandals hit historic cemeteries |

Chris Ward: Vandals hit historic cemeteries

I’d like to once again and respectfully bring to your attention the terrible and disrespectful way our communities’ historic cemeteries are being treated. Indeed under threat.

I’m shocked at this display of ignorance and continue to be re-amazed at almost every walk through our beautiful regional historic cemeteries. In doing research for an upcoming publication over the past three plus years, I’ve become keenly aware of the condition of our region’s historic-era cemeteries.

Cemeteries like Pine Grove, Red Dog, Elm Ridge and North Bloomfield to name a few, are examples of critically important treasured links to our historic past and the local evolution of our mores and cultural landscape. Even now they are still being irreparably damaged. In the last three months I’ve continued to witness new destruction of venerated monuments of our shared past (Pine Grove, Mt. St. Mary’s). In the last six months, even more damaged and broken (Elm Ridge, North Bloomfield, Graniteville, Mt. St. Mary’s, Penn Valley). In the last year, outright grave robbery and ancestral desecration (Red Dog, Chinese, Nevada City).

I have numerous photos, before and after to share, to offer evidence and stand as witness. Thanks for offering a venue to share this alert.

Chris Ward

Penn Valley

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