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Past Projects

Riverview Park

Concert Venue and Playground

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Woodland Cemetery Tours

Video History Tour with QR codes

Cemetery historian/researcher/educator and volunteer extraordinaire Archie Cook shared his vast wealth of knowledge about Woodland Cemetery during a 2 ½ hour walking tour. The stories told by the monuments and headstones combine to form the history of our city as it has passed through wars, epidemics, natural disasters as well as the normal course of birth, life, and death. Passing through the narrow drives of the cemetery, you’ll see stone etchings of the names of past residents who helped build Des Moines. Names like Savery, Kenworthy, Ingersoll, Hubbell, Kaplan, Perkins, Teachout, Fleur, Redhead, Polk, and Sherman, which are now part of everyday life in our streets, parks, schools, and buildings. We encourage you to visit Woodland Cemetery and check out the History Quest or watch the videos online at bit.ly/woodlandhistoryquestplaylist

Jackson St Bridge

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Woodland Cemetery Restoration

Monument Restoration

Woodland Cemetery holds memories and stories of 80,000 buried within this unique location. Over the years, dirt, lichens, mold, and mildew have taken a toll on the stones and some that are porous (sandstone and limestone) have broken them down. Maintenance of stones typically is the responsibility of the owner but in this cemetery, many of the families have moved away or are long since passed. A generous gift from the community is allowing staff, contractors, and volunteers to restore stones and protect the memories and history within this cemetery. The first phase of the project was lifting, straightening, and securing stones that have shifted over time. Then, volunteers and staff will worked together in small groups to clean the stones.

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