The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted a grave cleanup Saturday May 7th at Liberty Cemetery.  The cemetery dates to 1821 and has veterans from most wars dating back to the Revolutionary War.  At least 32 volunteers helped trim and pile branches, scrub gravestones clean or place flags at the graves of veterans. Besides members of the local Joseph Hart DAR, there were participants from the Bartholomew County Genealogical Society and the Bartholomew County Student Historians club, sponsored by BCHS (they welcome students grades 7-12 from any BC school, public or private and home.) Lawns & Stripes (two sons of a DAR member) reset eleven military stones to be level and at the right depth! We also selected gravestones for Stonehuggers to professionally repair and clean, including some pretty big monuments with shaky foundations. Thanks to a DAR Historical Preservation grant of $5300, the local chapter of the DAR will be able to do twice as many stones.

Celebrating the Joseph Hart Chapter's 100th anniversary and the 200th anniversary of Liberty Cemetery, the local DAR chapter has big plans to keep working on this cemetery. If you would like to donate to support this project, you can do this in two ways:
1) Send a check made out to Flatrock Township - Liberty Cemetery Fund, and mail to the Flatrock Township Trustee Lisa Moore at 6526 E Richard Ct, Columbus IN 47203.
2) Use PayPal to donate, via paypal.me/josephhartdar with a note that the funds are for Liberty Cemetery (or search for josephhartdar@gmail.com on PayPal.)

Members were at Hope Heritage Days last fall raising awareness and soliciting donations for the project.