Lombard Cemetery Restoration Project receives Mueller Heritage Award
The Lombard Historical Commission recently announced that the Lombard Cemetery Restoration Project has been declared this year's winner of the William J. Mueller Lombard Heritage Award.
The restoration of the cemetery, located at 460 S. Main Street, involved dozens of community members.
The goal was to put a plan in place that would allow the cemetery to be cared for and maintained into the future. Work included tree removal, tree planting, landscaping, new paths and benches, a new iron fence and gate, restoration of over 60 damaged tombstones, as well as research on individuals interred in the cemetery.
The Lombard Cemetery Restoration Project was nominated for the award by Corrine Flemm as an outstanding example of leadership and stewardship.
“The most impressive part of this project is how many different groups within our community were involved -- schoolchildren, the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Boy Scouts, the Garden Club, volunteer and professional historians, the Citizens Police Academy Alumni, and I hope I’m not forgetting others," Lombard Historical Commission President Rita Schneider said. "It was wonderful to see them all together knowing that they all played a part in preserving an important piece of Lombard’s heritage. The community is indebted to each of them for their efforts.”