Centre County Genealogical Society Program - "Relocating Cemeteries" - Thursday, April 5th, 2012 - 7 PM

Mar 22, 2012


  Relocating Cemeteries

presented by Lawrence J. Pruss


Thursday, April 5, 2012


7:00 p.m.
Meeting Room, Latter-day Saint Church
842 West Whitehall Road, State College



Nearly 50 years ago the presenter was involved in the relocation of 18 cemeteries containing over 20,000 graves. He initially worked as a digger, then site foreman and finally project superintendent. The relocations were required because of dam, reservoir and highway construction and were under the direction of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The talk will explain the process involved in screening the site, contacting relatives when possible, locating the individual graves, removal of remains, moving original head-stones or markers, reburial, and final roadwork, drainage and landscaping of the new cemetery. He will share some facts and events relating to this work, especially those relating to the relocation of 5,500 Native American graves on the Allegheny Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation, including two famous leaders - Chief Cornplanter and Governor Blacksnake.



For more information visit the Centre County Genealogical Society website.