State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries



SAPIC is a non-profit organization 501 (c) (3).
Contributions are deductible under sections
170, 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Next Meeting

January 13, 2024- Online meeting via Zoom. Please send any agenda items to tonybengston@yahoo.com



Other upcoming meetings:

The Mitchell Family Funeral Home will host the April 13, 2024 SAPIC meeting, to be held at the funeral home, 1209 Iowa Avenue W, Marshalltown, IA 50158. Coffee and refreshments will be offered around 9:00 a.m., with the meeting beginning at 10:00. Following the meeting, a tour of the funeral home museum will be available.

Thanks to those groups that have extended invitations to host SAPIC! If your group or organization would be interesting in hosting a SAPIC meeting in the future, send an email to Tony Bengston at tonybengston@yahoo.com, with "SAPIC meeting" as your subject. Usually there are 25-30 attendees at a meeting. The host usually provides coffee and some refreshments prior to the meeting, as some members travel a great distance. Meetings usually start at 10:00 AM. Some hosts provide lunch (sometimes as a fund raiser), but that is not necessary.


2023 Cemetery Appreciation Month Proclamation





2023 Cemetery Proclamation Signing

Front Row Left to Right: Valerie VanKooten, Ramona Nollen, Carl Nollen. Back Row Left to Right: Becky DeTar, Marla Suter, John Goode, John Heider, Mary Richards, Jean Ripley, Larry Davis, Brian Ripley, Bill Reedy.



Who We Are and What We Offer
The State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC) is a nonprofit entity. SAPIC promotes cemetery preservation and provides advice on proper cemetery repairs. SAPIC also offers financial assistance to people and organizations engaged in cemetery preservation work in Iowa.




SAPIC's Organization History
SAPIC was organized in 1996 with creation of the following documents:

Articles of Incorporation for the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries

Bylaws for the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries

The Development of SAPIC 1994-1996

History of SAPIC

The State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries was formed in 1996 as a result of legislation that allowed for each of the 99 counties to create a County Cemetery Commission. The focus of these Commissions was to rescue untended pioneer graves and cemeteries and to take responsibility for the upkeep of such sites. May is proclaimed Cemetery Appreciation Month each year by the Governor of the State of Iowa.


SAPIC MEMBERSHIP

OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

IOWA CEMETERY COMMISSIONS

TRAINING & LIBRARY

GRAVESTONE REPAIR

WHERE TO GET SUPPLIES

INJECTION GROUT

SUGGESTIONS FOR ESTABLISHING A COUNTY CEMETERY COMMISSION

PAST ISSUES OF GRAVE NEWS

NOTICE SIGN

GOALS FOR YOUR PIONEER CEMETERY COMMISSION


Pioneer Cemetery Concerns

Iowa law defines a Pioneer Cemetery as one in which there have been 12 or fewer burials in the past 50 years, (the law was changed from six to 12 burials in 2009). If you have questions or concerns about a cemetery that qualifies for this distinction, please contact tonybengston@yahoo.com.

SAPIC Cemetery/Grave Marker Survey

SAPIC developed a survey form for the detailed documenting of cemeteries. The public is encouraged to use this form for documenting and/or recording cemeteries anywhere, whether they be pioneer, city, church, private, etc. and regardless of condition. A Word version is available for typing directly into the boxes and a PDF version is available to print and write on. Please send us your completed forms for archiving by email, tonybengston@yahoo.com or mail: State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries %Larry Davis, 5716 Kingman Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311.

Microsoft Word version                    PDF version

Do not let this form scare you! Recording a cemetery of any size does require extensive dedication, but with the diversity between cemeteries, it is unlikely that every field will be filled. It is still important to do your best and complete the survey as fully as possible. Some of the fields will require additional research away from the cemetery, including the utilization of the library, courthouse and online information. The goal of this form is merely to serve as a guide with terminology to better understand our cemeteries and as a starting point towards cemetery restoration. Many abandoned cemeteries are far from what the pioneers had envisioned in their cemetery's future. We can prevent what remains of our cemeteries from facing the same fate. There are no regulations requiring cemeteries to use this form, but many wish they had a universal form to record their cemeteries and prevent what currently exists from entering oblivion. For those of you who are determined to undertake this challenge, we commend you!



Check out Patriot Outreach and their current restoration project for-

Iowa Governor (Colonel) Samuel Merrill's resting place


2024 SAPIC GRANT APPLICATION
Please include a membership application (if not already a member) which can be found here
Past Grant Applicants and Recipients

Contacts

STATE CEMETERY REGULATOR
Iowa Insurance Division
Iowa Department of Insurance and Financial Services
1963 Bell Avenue, Suite 100, Des Moines, Iowa 50315

Heather Schaffer, Assistant Commissioner
(515) 654-6476
heather.schaffer@iid.iowa.gov

Christina Hazelbaker, Compliance Officer
(515) 654-6471 (office)
(515) 344-2893 (cell)
christina.hazelbaker@iid.iowa.gov
Department of Insurance & Financial Services
Iowa Insurance Division
OFFICE OF THE STATE ARCHAEOLOGIST
Lara Noldner
Bioarchaeology Director
700 Clinton Street Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1030
319-384-0740
lara-noldner@uiowa.edu

Membership Dues

Thanks to all of the SAPIC members who have renewed their memberships. Your support is greatly appreciated! If you haven't done so yet, you may send your dues to SAPIC Treasurer, LaVerna Moser, 3164 121 Street, Amana, IA 52203-8046. Annual dues are: Individual - $25; Household - $35; Organization or business - $40. Lifetime dues for an individual - $200. Membership includes the SAPIC newsletter "Grave News." All donations welcome and tax deductible. If you are not receiving your newsletters or other SAPIC correspondence, please check your junk/spam folder.

Member Application

Iowa Cemetery Laws and Procedures
Please note, the number of burials requirement to be designated as a Pioneer Cemetery has been changed to 12 since the original law was passed.

Powers of Township Trustees

Winners of the Carter Awards
Nominations due July 1 each year

E-Mail List: The Iowa Cemeteries e-mail list is hosted by SAPIC member Fred Reese. To join this list send an e-mail message to IA-Cemeteries-L-request@rootsweb.com  Leave the subject area blank. Put only the word subscribe within the body of the message (nothing else). You will receive a confirmation that you have been subscribed to the list, along with instructions on how to participate. Note that there are hundreds of people on this list. Not every post is necessarily from a member of SAPIC. Most people on the list are genealogists searching for relatives, want directions to a cemetery in the state of Iowa, or who have questions about Iowa cemeteries. Everyone participates in answering questions.

IOWA GRAVESTONE PHOTO PROJECT
or
FIND A GRAVE

Researchers may submit photos and transcriptions of gravestones and may connect with kinfolk. Care should always be taken when relying on the accuracy of information inscribed on grave markers as well as the information posted to these sites; double check your facts for everyone's benefit.


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