Documenting and Preserving Cemeteries to Preserve Community History

Tuesday, January 2612:00—1:30 PMZoomIndian Valley Public Library100 E. Church Ave, Telford, PA, 18969

Virtual Program: The Pennsylvania State Archives is pleased to offer another event in its Community History Dialog series.  Join in this online discussion to inspire and help social communities think about how they can collect and preserve their own history. 

The event is free, but requires registration.  Click here to register or copy and paste this link in your browser:

About the program:  Burial grounds and cemeteries are among the most valuable historic resources we have. They provide a direct link to the history of the individuals and communities where they are located. Discover how the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project, Historic Eden Cemetery, and Friends of Lebanon Cemetery are working to preserve their community history with an emphasis on African American cemeteries across Pennsylvania.

Speakers:  Barbara Barksdale, Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project; V. Chapman Smith, Eden Cemetery Historical and Archival Records Care Grant Manager; Samantha Dorm, Friends of Lebanon Cemetery

For more information: 
Cindy Bendroth, Archivist, 350 No Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090; 717-783-7330; Email: 

About the Community History Dialog Series:
The goal of the Community History Dialog is to help such communities identify and preserve their history.  The Pennsylvania State Archives started this series in 2020 to gather community groups, archivists, and others to share their own experiences collecting and preserving their community‚Äôs stories and offer guidance. These discussions are helpful to groups just beginning to preserve their history or those who have significant collections already but are seeking next steps.  Recordings of previous Community History Dialog events and additional resources for community history projects can be found by clicking here.