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Historic Preservation Projects

                          markerOn August 31, 2019 the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil shared our request for volunteers to help our chapter repair Civil War gravestones at the Fairview Cemetery in Council Bluffs. As mentioned in the paper, "A vital piece of Council Bluffs history is literally sinking into the ground. Luckily, a local organization and a group of volunteers have a plan. They just need some help from the public to pull it off."

On September 17, 2019, six chapter members, along with three members of the Kinsman Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp #23 from Atlantic (SUVCW), and community volunteers completed Phase 1 of the Kinsman Restoration Project, in which the grave stones of approximately 40 of the 50 Civil War Veterans were raised by digging, filling with rock and resetting them at a proper military height.

This project had been long in the planning as members Lisa Varnes-Rex and Hillary Varnes-Rex spearheaded this project, including traveling to Ohio to take class on the correct procedures to use.

setting stonesstones

In the spring of 2020, Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed. All stones will be cleaned and Veterans Affairs has approved the replacement of all broken stones. This spring, five replacement stones will be ready for us to set. The work will not stop there, we plan to identify all burials up at Kinsman and order any missing stones.

If this project is of interest to you, and you are interested in helping with it, please contact the Council Bluffs Chapter NSDAR by emailing kinsmanproject@gmail.com.