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June 4, 2015

 Join IHS Membership and Local History Services staff for our fifth Annual Grave Matters Cemetery Walking Tour: Indy's Buried Treasure. This year's exciting day-trip will lead participants through Indianapolis' lesser-known cemeteries throughout the city. 

 Our trip begins  with a tour of the Kelly Street Historic Jewish Cemeteries. In 1856, the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation  was the first to be established in Indianapolis. Shortly thereafter, land was purchased on Kelly Street to serve as a cemetery for the congregation. In the 1880s, as more synagogues were established, the IHC sold land to various Jewish congregations for use as burial grounds. Today, there are eight separate burial grounds that make up the south side Jewish cemeteries. 

 Our next stop will take us to Spring Valley Cemetery in Lawrence outside Fort Benjamin Harrison. This cemetery was the burial ground for some of the pioneer leaders of Lawrence Township.  The cemetery fought the federal government when land was being taken for Fort Harrison. After winning the battle, they would not allow soldiers from the Fort to be buried in the cemetery – this led to a military cemetery nearby. Following lunch we will visit Mt. Jackson Cemetery (a Wayne Township cemetery) and the adjacent burial grounds for patients of Central State Psychiatric Hospital.

Indiana cemetery expert Jeannie Regan-Dinius of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will again accompany the group and make presentations throughout the day along with other cemetery experts. Lunch, snacks and transportation via coach will be provided. 

 To join us, RSVP by May 28 to Jennifer Hiatt at (317) 234-2670 or jhiatt@indianahistory.org. Please consider registering early, as space is limited to the first 50 participants.

$50 for IHS members and $75 for nonmembers (membership is included).

(Pictured above: Entrance to Kelly Street Jewish Cemetery)

Burial Plot Jewish Cemetery
Burial plots at Kelly Street Jewish Cemetery
Fort Benjamin Harrison Cemetery
Mourners visiting soldier's graves at Fort Harrison Military Cemetery