On April 27 the Society welcomed its own history intern Ms. Lauren Worona, who offered an update on her research on Vienna's cemeteries. (See the Warren Tribune-Chronicle article on the event here.) Ms. Worona, who is completing her Master's thesis on the Township's three cemeteries, reviewed through an illustrated lecture the lengthy gravemarkers and memorials documentation process undertaken over the last year by Society members, the Mathews High School Key Club, and members of the community. (Ms. Worona's PowerPoint presentation may be viewed here.) Many of Vienna's founding families are to be found in the inscriptions on the stones but there is also a potter's field that has long been forgotten. She also discussed the styles and materials of markers and memorials and offered recommendations for the much-needed repairs to several important stones.
The discussion that followed centered on the necessity of further preservation work in the Township's cemeteries. Plans are being made to host several community days on which Society members and volunteers will clean markers. Please check here for those events throughout the summer. The Society has created a brief tour of the cemetery, based on Carley O'Neill's research for the Township's bicentennial history. If you have any information you wish to share, please contact the Society.
Vienna Historical Society Officers and Board of Directors Meeting – April 26, 2010 – 6:15 p.m.
In attendance: Vicki Anzur, Pam Clower, Michele Garman, Pam Klinger, Shirley Wajda, Dallas Woodall.
Agenda and discussions:
Submitted by Vicki Anzur, Secretary