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

We will be meeting at the Spillville Public Library on Oct 13th. The Library is located at 201 Oak St, Spillville, IA 52168. We can get more specific instructions to those who need it otherwise Spillville is GPS/Google Map friendly so if you put in your locator device you should get right there. The Winneshiek County Pioneer Cemetery Commission will be hosting and will be at the library at 9am with kolaches and coffee prior to the meeting start time at 10am.

We will also plan to have a lunch available for attendees following the meeting around noon. There will be a $5.00 charge for the lunch. Please let Janelle know if you wish to partake of the lunch by October 1st. E-mail: nell@kvikradio.com Phone: (563) 382-5845 For more information, contact: Janelle Halverson – in the office Monday thru Friday 7am to 3pm CST.

We also plan to have some information about some neat “must see” cemetery locations in and around Spillville that attendees could check out before they head off to home.

Other upcoming meetings:

Madison County will host SAPIC in April, 2019 Marshall County will host SAPIC in July or October, 2019. 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 John Heider at jheider@mchsi.com, with "SAPIC meeting" as your subject. Usually there are 35-40 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.



SAPIC's PURPOSE & GOALS
SAPIC was organized in 1996 with the following purpose and goals:

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

The purpose for which the corporation is organized is the preservation of Iowa cemeteries.


Bylaws for the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries

A. To identify all cemeteries in Iowa.

B. To take such measures as are necessary, possible and reasonable to protect these cemeteries, and the monuments contained in them, from danger due to natural causes or from human encroachment.

C. To provide guidance and educational materials for use by the people entrusted with the preservation of these cemeteries and monuments contained in them.

D. To compile and distribute information about the proper maintenance techniques for these cemeteries and the monuments contained in them.

E. To provide advice and information to legislative bodies empowered to pass legislation creating a legal framework for the protection, the preservation and maintenance of these cemeteries and the monuments contained in them are enforced.

F. To act as a monitor of the administrative and management personnel of these cemeteries, to ensure that the legal measures for the protection, preservation and maintenance of the cemeteries and the monuments in them are enforced.

G. To develop a system of determining who has the right to clean. repair, re-set, and otherwise work with the monuments in a cemetery.

H. To develop a system of determining who has the legal ownership of cemetery plots and monuments.

I. To encourage state and county cemetery commissions, work to help form them, and to cooperate with such organizations after they are formed.

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

EDUCATION

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


Our 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. If you know of a cemetery that qualifies for this distinction, and would like to have it recognized, please contact the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries to have it recorded. The law was changed from six to 12 burials in 2009 under 'standings bill' SJ 1150, and was signed by Gov. Chet Culver on May 26, 2009. See our PURPOSE above.

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, sapiciowa@yahoo.com and mail: State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries, 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


2018 SAPIC GRANT APPLICATION
Please include a membership application (if not already a member) which can be found here
Past Grant Applicants & Recipients (1999-2018)

Contacts

STATE CEMETERY REGULATOR
Dennis N. Britson, Director
Regulated Industries Unit, Iowa Securities Bureau
601 Locust St., 4th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-3738
(515) 281-5705 or toll-free (877)-955-1212
christina.hazelbaker@iid.iowa.gov
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, Brad Hughes, 308 Sunset Lane, Grimes, IA 50111. 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. Membership 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

Meet the 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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