Community Press Release – DAR Cemetery Preservation Program

DAR Chapter and Three Oaks Library to Offer Program on Cemetery Preservation – Rescheduled

Submitted by Kathy Alton, Regent Rebecca Dewey Chapter, NSDAR

In a reschedule, Rebecca Dewey Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has partnered with the Three Oaks Township Public Library to bring Prof. of History Thomas Henthorn from the University of Michigan on Saturday, March 18 at noon to the library.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Henthorn of UofM, Photo provided by DAR

Cemeteries are more than meets the eye. These historic sites contain art, stories, and landscapes that tell us a great deal about our past and present. Dr. Thomas Henthorn will share ways he and his students at the University of Michigan-Flint are working to make our cemeteries active public spaces through preservation and how to interpret these historic gems in our communities. 

Henthorn will give the current technology and procedures to preserve cemetery headstones and structures in relation to cleaning, repairing and restoring monuments to your local and family history. Dr. Thomas Henthorn is the Wyatt Endowed Professor of Public History at the University of Michigan-Flint. His research and teaching interests examine the intersection of public history and urban history. He created the cemetery preservation program in 2015.

Rebecca Dewey chapter members will present methods to research and locate cemetery history and burials.  

Plans for a hands-on workshop for any that are interested is scheduled for May 18th of 2024 at a local cemetery. Just in time for you to plan cleaning of your family’s grave markers for Memorial Day.

Contact Rebecca Dewey Chapter at or the Three Oaks Township Library for questions.  Library location: 3 N. Elm St. by the railroad in Three Oaks.

About the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Dewey Chapter: The Rebecca Dewey Chapter, NSDAR, Three Oaks, Michigan, was organized July 9, 1909, with a membership of seventeen. It was chartered December 21, 1909, with fourteen members. Since Three Oaks had secured the Dewey Cannon at the close of the Spanish-American War, it was decided to name the Chapter after Admiral Dewey’s great grandmother. Rebecca Dewey Chapter NSDAR currently has 30 Members.

Contact: Priscilla Lee Hellenga

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