Saturday, December 29, 2007

Philip Seyrit appointed as Madison County's first director of historic properties

Local historian and current president of the Madison County Historical Society, Philip Seyfrit recently was appointed by the Madison County Fiscal Court as the county's first director of historic properties. This includes management of Battlefield Park, White Hall park, Kirksville park, Madison County Fair Grounds park, Valley View park, and Union City park. Phil's office is located at the recently restored Rogers-Tribble House (Quarters 29) at the intersection of Highways 421 and 25. He will be concentrating most of his activities in getting the 500+ acre Battlefield Park Visitors and History Center open. Any questions about the Madison County Parks systems should be directed to Phil at 101 Battlefield Memorial Parkway, Richmond, KY 40475; 859-624-0013;

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Would this work for MCHS?

I just ran across this on one of the archives blogs I read and thought it might be adapted for our historical society. I know we used to have an essay contest for students, maybe we could renew and expand on that. Of course, I have an ulterior motive. Material to fill 40 pages of Heritage Highlights twice a year.

Researching the North Country Writing Competition.

The purpose of the Researching the North Country Writing Competition is to encourage original research concerning the people, places, and institutions of Northern New York. Participants are particularly encouraged to make use of the collections of libraries, archives, and other cultural resources in the region as primary resource materials.

Submittals must represent original, primary research concerning historical events, persons, institutions, or organizations from any of the following counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, or St. Lawrence. Submittals must be no less than 1500 words. Previously published research is not eligible.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another Cemetery Destroyed - Cemetery Law

I had a call earlier this week from a neighbor. She was looking for information on the Blanton Cemetery on Dodd Road: photos, lists of burials or anything else I could find. Using the Vockery cemetery books I was able to give her a listing of the names they found, but no photos. I've been in this cemetery and it was a mess, but I will also guarantee that there were many more than nine burials here. The nine names we had covered 40 years of burials and 8 different surnames. Sounds like a community cemetery to me.

My neighbor was very upset as some of her family was buried here. She has already called the Attorney General and local authorities. The stones are still there, but they were bulldozed into a big pile and the ground leveled. When I can get photos I'll post them, but now I wanted to post a link to a web page at U of L which compiles all Kentucky Revised Statutes regarding cemetery laws.

Time permitting I would also like to do deed research and see if the cemetery was excluded from the deed for the surrounding land. Any volunteers to do this research?