Your Opinion: Chalk also identifies old headstones

Dear Editor:

I read with interest an article appearing in the News Tribune a week ago. It was titled “History is buried there.” The picture showed Carole Boggins in Riverview Cemetery showing how to read an old stone.

A friend of mine and myself have been involved in cemetery research for around 10 years. We have worked to inventory cemeteries in Moniteau County and last year we started working in Cole County to locate and inventory sites.

We are creating a data base and now have 15,000 entries and are working to complete it. We are going to make this available to the Cole County Historical Society and others.

There is one thing that works much better than shaving cream when you’re trying to read an old stone; that is sidewalk chalk. If you chalk the names and dates and want to take a picture, the information will show up in your picture if it has been chalked. We are also photographing the stones.

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