Preservation of Lincoln and Springfield’s History
The internment records of Lincolns’ burials need to be restored and preserved. The simple, one-inch-thick book is the first volume of internment records beginning in 1858 at Oak Ridge, the second most visited cemetery In the United States due to its most famous internments. The second volume contains the record of Mary Lincoln’s 1882 funeral at the cemetery, among many others. Both books have deteriorated over time. As Director of Oak Ridge Cemetery, Mike Lelys, stated, “Time has not been kind to them after 150 years of people looking at the books. If nothing is done, they will deteriorate to the point of not being readable.”
There is more to it than our Country’s favorite son, the history of Springfield is also within the roughly 200 plus pages this effort will preserve. Preservation costs include the restoration of the two books, an archival display case and facsimile copies of the documents for educational viewing.
Total restoration cost: $40,000
A GoFundMe account will soon be created to help fundraise!
Check out the Oak Ridge Cemetery Internment Records HERE