For their outstanding effort to preserve historic cemeteries, three Maryland cemeteries have received the Periwinkle Award from the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Inc., Maryland’s only non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the state’s old family and public cemeteries, historic churchyards, and Indian burial grounds.
The awards were presented on April 25, 2015 in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Glenn Wallace, Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, in Montgomery County, was honored for developing a database that documents 5,400 interments and is a model for others. His work at this beautiful rural cemetery has spurred a commitment to preservation and to expanding educational opportunities at the property. www.monocacycemetery.com
Rose Hill Cemetery
Rose Hill Cemetery, in collaboration with the City of Hagerstown, in Washington County, was recognized for a walking tour map of Hagerstown in the Civil War and for a tour map of Rose Hill Cemetery that highlights individuals important in Washington County history. Accepting the award was Stephen Bockmiller. www.rosehillcemeteryofmd.org
The City of Hagerstown, in Washington County, was honored for its new ordinance that protects burial sites in the development review and construction process, and for an inventory and map of all known human cemeteries. This provides an excellent standard and initiative that other jurisdictions can follow. www.hagerstownmd.org