Save the Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
The Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery will host their 4th Annual Historic Cemetery tour on Saturday, September 26. This year the Friends commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. UCCS history and geography students, faculty, and community members, volunteer their time and talents to interpret the life stories of six of the 100+ veterans buried in Fairview Cemetery, including Civil War veteran and pioneer William Imes. Our goals are simple: generate interest in local history, and raise funds to preserve and protect this cemetery that is a cherished part of Fountain’s history.
This historic tour program is now four years old and is based on a class taught by Barbara Headle entitled “The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries, Memory and American History.” The course was designed to demonstrate the importance of cemeteries to historical study: cemeteries are not only valuable resources to be studied, but as part of our built environment they are also places to be respected and honored. In August 2012, one month after the students had spent the day mapping one of the oldest sections of Fairview Cemetery, about a dozen of the cemetery’s most historic headstones, most of which belonged to children, were vandalized. The incident prompted Headle’s students to connect with community members and City officials to raise funds for repairs. Since then, these students, some of whom have since graduated, return and are joined by a new batch of volunteers to lead the annual tours of the Fountain Fairview Cemetery, located at 757 South Santa Fe Ave.
The tours run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., each tour is about one hour. The final tour begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students with identification and free for those under 12 years old. Proceeds from the tour and a concurrent silent auction at the Fountain Public Library fund the ongoing repair and conservation of damaged headstones in the cemetery, public awareness programs, and maintenance of the recently installed video surveillance system.