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Positive Event: Gravestone Cleaning Honoring Civil War Veterans

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Yesterday was a very busy but fulfilling day. I started my day at Greenwood Cemetery with the amazing 815 Stonescrubbers group.
They are cleaning and fixing Civil War vets gravestones. These are very hardworking volunteers!
Then I was with the Rockford Public Library’s Mobile Library Crew at the Midtown Fun and Health by Patriot’s Gateway.

We talked about the Summer Reading Challenge, gave away crafts and free Books.
I ended my day with my paranormal friends from Haunted Rockford, Ghost Head Soup and the Midwest Ghost Investigators.

We were at the Historic Auto Attractions last night preparing for our July event there.

We got a few Dead Guys coming through! That is going to be a very exciting event!
It was a great combination of all my passions!
( including my family since my middle daughter was with me in the morning!)
Another day of the universe showing me how blessed my life is!

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2023 AT 11 AM – 3 PM CDT
Gravestone Cleaning Honoring Civil War Veterans
Greenwood Cemetery (Rockford, Illinois)

Representatives from a local Civil War history group, 815 Stone Scrubbers;
Haunted Rockford; and Greenwood Cemetery bring you a hands-on volunteer opportunity/ workshop
about the correct way to clean and preserve gravestones.

Please come prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing, you will get dirty.

Please bring your own kneeling pads and work gloves, if needed.
Tools and materials will be provided. Space is limited.
For more information, please contact Janie at: or DM us to reserve your spot
Age 12+ Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Greenwood Cemetery is a 100acre cemetery in Rockford, Illinois. Founded in 1852, it is the largest and oldest in the city. The Greenwood Cemetery Chapel and Crematory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. History In 1838, the first burial occurred in Rockford, Illinois, shortly after the settlement was founded. A man drowned in the Rock River and his body was buried on a plot which is now near the intersection of Cedar and Winnebago Streets. The daughter of Germanicus Kent was buried nearby, making it the first city burial ground. In the early 1840s, a new area was briefly used for burials on the south side of State Street. In 1844, the property was exchanged for two lots on the north bank of Kent’s Creek. It was chartered the next year as the Rockford Cemetery Association. After another cemetery was chartered in 1853, the Rockford Cemetery Association’s land became known as the West Side Cemetery. In 1852, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad connected to Rockford and needed to use the lands of the West Side Cemetery. The cemetery moved to the northeast corner of Main and Auburn Streets. It was officially incorporated on June 23, 1852. The land was selected because it was north of the business district and thus safe from another forced relocation. An additional were purchased from D. C. Littlefield in 1879.Chapel and crematory In 1887, the cemetery decided to build a chapel to provide shelter for services during inclement weather. The chapel was designed by Henry Lord Gay in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. Its tower was meant to resember a Roman War Tower. A onyx was installed, engraved with the named of those who died in combat. The chapel may have served as a war memorial until Memorial Hall was constructed downtown in 1903.

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