Cemetery commission approves historical museum fundraiser

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission voted at a special meeting Friday to approve the use of the cemetery by the Eureka Springs Historical Museum for its annual “Voices from the Silent City” fundraiser.

Commission chairwoman Susan Tharp said the commission also reviewed the budget process and held a workshop to discuss how to get purchases approved for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s cemetery grant.

The commission had voted to pursue the conservation of headstones as its grant project, deciding to concentrate on repairing leaning and broken headstones near the front of the cemetery and cleaning headstones made out of local limestone and marble since they are deteriorating the fastest.

Tharp said commissioner Glenna Booth, who is also the city preservation officer, went over how to budget the purchases for the cleaning project. She said Booth will now send the budget for cleaning materials to the state for approval.

The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Auditorium.

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