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Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, June 2, 2000 Section 9 41 Downer GrovsWoodrjdg About the Historical Society Meanwhile, the restoration effort, which has involved more than two years of preliminary work, is a lengthy process that eventually will require fundrais-ing, Arehart said. The society has committed $10,000 as seed money toward the project and received $3,000 in grant funding from the village's hotel and motel tax fund. This year, the group has applied for more than $7,000 to hire the expert "In a way, the cemetery is kind of an attraction for Downers Grove But we don't want it to become a Disney World," Arehart said "We're trying to keep it historically appropriate and in the element of respectful good taste." the Main Street Cemetery was Emma Foster Miller in 1939, according to the Historical Society. But the graveyard is expected to see a re-internment this summer, when the skeletal remains of two men unearthed last year by construction crews dismantling the cemetery wall will likely be reburied. As part of the society's rote as an advisory panel, members will be working to find a plot for reburial of the remains, which are believed to be those of descendants of Martin and Abigail Root, whose family plot is near the unmarked grave where the remains were found, said Harmon, who has been researching the family's genealogy.

i The Downers Grove Historical Society, an independent non-profit volunteer organization with about 200 members, aims to preserve Downers Grove-area history so future generations will better understand the past Membership fees helps support the society's work and programs, which include the preservation of the Main Street Cemetery. Annual dues are $15 per individual; $20 per couple or family; $10 per student or senior age 55 or older; $15 per senior couple; $50 per patron; $100 per patron couple or patron family; $200 per life couple or life family members. The society's Web site can be reached through Downers Grove's home page: www.viLdowners-grove.iLus. The society can be reached at the Downers Grove Historical Museum, 831 Maple 630-963-1309, or at P.O. Box 663, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

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But earlier this year, the Village Council authorized the Historical Society to take a stronger role in the maintenance and improvement of the cemetery by charging the group to serve as an advisory panel on issues concerning the graveyard and its preservation Any restoration work, such as replacing or repairing gravestones, would require the council's approval Historical Society members are gathering information on the people buried at the cemetery and last year hired preservation expert Lynette Strangstad to evaluate its condition and offer recommendations. A next major step in the effort is for the society to hire a hands-on expert to determine which markers can be restored and to begin the work of saving some of those that are eroding. The last person to be buried at "Your Neighborhood Pancake House" Specialties of the House acwt- xtggceptional Skillets ir Create Your Own Omelets Crepes Pancakes if Burgers Beef Chicken Salads ir Kids Menu Much, Much More Come Join The Celebration! 7340 S. Route 83 In Darlen 630-734-1300 40S N. Eola Road In Aurora 630-499-1500 Open 7 Days 6 am.

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