Here’s a great followup to a project that Barbara Headle of the History Department, Mike Larkin from Geography,and others have been running this year. Barbara Headle writes:
The Communique ran a follow-up story on our students; since the presentation, our grand total for the event has run up to over $5,100.00. The Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery has already begun planning for the 2013 event. Kim Sweetwood was nominated by the committee to serve as this year’s chair person; Juan Flores, Code Enforcement for the City of Fountain, will serve as Vice Chair.
Here’s the full story as posted on the UCCS Communique Newsletter — total raised to date for this project (which originally stemmed from Barb’s “Cemeteries” class last year) is well over $5,000! Congratulations to Barb and everyone involved.
Council Recognizes Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery for Successful Cemetery Crawl
BY KAREN JOHNSON
Volunteers whose contributions and participation in the first annual Fountain Fairview Cemetery Crawl on Nov. 3 helped make it a successful community event, were honored and received Certificates of Appreciation during the Dec. 18 Fountain City Council meeting.
During the presentation, Fountain Community Services Director Dave Smedsrud explained how (this past summer), some of the headstones at Fountain Fairview Cemetery were vandalized including one of its first plots dating back to 1870. He said both old and newer headstones were damaged or destroyed. He explained when UCCS Professor Barbara Headle and her class who were studying cemetery history heard of the vandalism they contacted the city and asked what they could do to help.
This inspired the creation of the Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery and led to several fundraising events to help restore the damaged headstones. Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery Chairperson Juan Flores, who is also a City Code Enforcement Officer, shared how with the assistance of community volunteers both inside and outside of Fountain, and local organizations that sponsored fundraising events, the fundraising goal of raising $2,013 by the end of this year was surpassed. Flores said, “As of today (Dec. 18) $4,992.44 has been raised and additional funds will still be collected before the end of this year.”
He said other fund raising efforts included a silent art auction at the Fountain Library and a mailing campaign. For the Cemetery Crawl, UCCS students chose a person buried at the cemetery to represent, researched their life and depicted their character in manner and dress and told stories from their lifetime. Councilmember Sharon Brown said she has always wanted Fountain to have a cemetery crawl and said she’s gone to a number of them in different communities and said this was Fountain’s first one and it was as good as any of them she’s gone to, and they are to be commended.
Volunteers honored for their involvement in the Fountain Cemetery Crawl included: front row, Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery Secretary/Treasurer and Event Coordinator Darlene Baker; UCCS student Mary Trotter; UCCS History Professor Barbara Headle; UCCS students Kim Sweetwood and Maria Tobin. Back row, Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery Chairperson Juan Flores; UCCS student Travis Pollok; UCCS staff member Ian Smith; and City contact and Community Services Director Dave Smedsrud.
Volunteers who are not pictured include: Mike Larkin, Amber Bradish, Nicole Dennis, Robert Headle, Celine Lane, Robin Lynch, Andrea McCorquodale, Tawnie Mizer, Legny Ortiz, Lora Reiher, Mary Rupp, Joe Sandoval, Rachel Weldon, from UCCS; Bob Cales, Kevin Reinhold, Wade Chapman, Cindy Daugherty, Margaret Deunbar, Sharon Lee, Russ Wilcox, from VFW Post 6461; Kathy Manley of the Fountain Valley Foundation; Dorothy Christian-Boyd, Elaine Mackay, And Sarah Wilson of the Fountain Valley Historical Society and Museum; Susanna Flores and Joseph Flores of the Fountain Valley Preservation Association, Pam Owens of Fountain Branch Library; and Jim Watson, City of Fountain. Certificates were also presented to VFW Post 6461, FV Historical Society & Museum, Fountain Valley Foundation, Fountain Valley Community Activities And Nutrition and Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce.