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What price can you put on family? history? community? Our historic cemeteries reflect the continuity of community and family. But what becomes of the cemetery when there are little to no families left to care for it? George Eliot wrote “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten then.”
The Nevada City historic cemetery is just such a cemetery whose sole champion and caretaker is Virginia City resident Evalyn Johnson whose parents, brother and husband are all buried there and in a small empty space at the end of the family row, lies her own plot in wait. The Extreme History Project is helping Evalyn reach her dream of a plan for preserving this historic place. We are implementing a project to map, document and assess the needs of the historic Nevada City Cemetery and are requesting the public’s help to make it happen. Nevada City and its cemetery are just a stone’s throw from historic Virginia City, Montana, the territorial capital from 1865-1875. The rise of Nevada City coincides with this history of Virginia City and the early history of the state. Preliminary fieldwork began last summer when 200+ unmarked graves were determined. Our project would entail digital mapping of the cemetery (the original plat map has disappeared) including the unmarked graves which have never been mapped;
assessing the condition of the extant headstones and preparing a report for ongoing preservation efforts; researching the unmarked graves and providing a memorial plaque listing the known names of those buried in unmarked graves; providing a marker for the unmarked graves themselves to insure no accidental or purposeful disturbance; and securing the flagpole to deter theft (an ongoing problem has been the disappearance of the American Flag at the cemetery). The work at Nevada City Cemetery will support a larger effort to locate and preserve several historic cemeteries in Virginia City. These efforts fall outside the very limited cemetery budget which provides for Virginia City’s primary cemetery, Sunset Hills. Your help will ensure that these cemeteries and their eternal residents will truly rest in peace. Click here to support our fundraising campaign. Thank you for your support.