History / not in books or online….

When I was in school many many years ago history was a class that always seemed to require the heaviest books. History class was OK  but it wasn’t my favorite. Maybe the reason school aged children aren’t interested in history is because they have no real history of their own. Learning about of bunch of people and places that you have never known or heard of can be somewhat abstract to the young wandering mind.  ( the heavy book thing doesn’t help either ) I have always been a visual learner and to be honest I learned more from watching TV about history than a book when I was a teen. Television may not have been the most accurate at times but at least I could see what a settler may have eaten, lived in, dressed like, well you get the picture. I loved television history series like North & South, Roots, and Bonanza ( yes Bonanza. I had a crush on Hoss)
The Internet provides endless amounts of historical information. Some information is accurate, some isn’t, and some comes at a price or membership. Cemeteries also provide historical information. You can find generations of families names and ages, what branch of military a person served in, what war they fought in, what illness they passed from, and how their families felt at their passing. Cemeteries are quiet, always open and you can set your pace for what you learn. You can even take the time to share history with others by contributing information found on FindAGrave.com. This free website has information about graves from one month ago to hundreds of years past. What can I say, history and cemeteries have become passion!

Memorial Park Cemetery, Edmond OK

On a recent visit to my daughter’s house in OKC I ask if she would take me to a couple of cemeteries I had noticed previously when shopping in Edmond. 

Memorial Park Cemetery was the first stop. The stone wall was intriguing to me. This cemetery is a mix of old world and new corporate cemetery. Dignity is the current owner and caretaker of this vast 175 acre cemetery.  Yes , 175  acres. Dignity has preserved the classic buildings from the 1930’s while still providing for a variety of new that people expect.

Along with the stone wall the original chapel remains open and used when requested. The stone bell tower with reflecting pool is a piece of art and has a working bell in the tower. The ivy growing on one side of the bell tower makes you wonder if you haven’t stepped back in time.

The new funeral home has been built across the street which shows a respect for the original grounds and building. The staff was kind and willing to answer questions when I popped in on a Saturday.

The “Coliseum Cemetery”

This little cemetery located off of I-35 by the Kansas Coliseum is a reminder of the past and future meeting in time. The highway runs by the untouched country cemetery. It has had several names over time but is currently listed as Maple Grove Cemetery, Valley Center KS. Very few internments have taken place in the last century. The last record I could find was for 1965. 

Greenwood Cemetery / Sedgwick County / Wichita, KS

Greenwood cemetery is a peaceful oasis sandwiched between dirt roads and crop fields. The cemetery is weall cared for and pride for history is memorialized throughout the cemetery grounds………..See More


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Andover KS Cemetery

Andover KS has a beautiful and peaceful town cemetery. Like most small town cemeteries it is peaceful, well cared for, and unique. The cemetery has trees, all sizes and shapes of monuments, a gazebo, benches, and of course a well pump for visitors to use. The cemetery is behind a beautiful white metal arch and fence and flagpoles align the street entrance.  
    

Hillside Cemetery Sedgwick, KS

What I love most about small town cemeteries is the pride the community has for the cemetery and the former residents of their town. 

This cemetery in Sedgwick, KS is well cared for, peaceful, and so beautiful. Sedgwick, KS PRIDE. 

  

 

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