Mt. Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission discusses projects
The July meeting of the Mt. Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission covered several major topics.
The first item concerned a project at Forest Home Cemetery to straighten and reinforce several of the grave markers in the oldest part of the cemtery.
The Mt. Pleasant City Council provided $6,000 for operating for expenses for the commission in Fiscal Year 2013-2014. Of that amount, $4,000 has been used for the Forest Home Project.
The work was done by a man who specializes in this type of work under the supervision of the Henry County Pioneer Cemetery Commission.
There is still work to be done,but this was a good start, it was noted.
The second item concerned the status of Second Baptist Church. The commission has asked Rebecca Lawin McCarley, an architectural historian from Davenport, to complete the nomination for the church to the National Register of Historic Places. The city has been mowing the lawn at the church, and the commission appreciates this service.
In another item of business, it was reported that the process of reprinting the Mt. Pleasant Beautiful book is moving along. The printing company was able to scan the 1909 edition.
There are brochures available describing the book, and the public will be informed when the new printing is available for purchase.
The commission will meet again on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. at Jerry’s Restaurant. The meetings are open to the public.