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Play Historic Preservation Scavenger Hunt

May 20, 2013
Elm Grove is rich in unusual markers; try not to be distracted by all you see! As you enter the grounds today, look to the south; you will see what appears to be the stump of a tree. Popular in the Victorian era, these stumps often symbolize a life cut short. In prose this sounds quite dull, but the monuments are fascinating and often beautifully decorated. Our photo shows the ferns on one side — some say they symbolize integrity and humility. This particular tree was carved in Indiana not long ago for a couple who discovered the trees during an Iowa History tour. The material is oolitic limestone. The family names are carved on a scroll, just like the record of good deeds and bad. Who is buried under this unique sculpture?

The City of Washington Historic Preservation Commission invites the community to celebrate Preservation Month and win a signed copy of Mike Kramme's new book on Washington's historic buildings this May by wandering the city in search of our historic architecture for the next four weeks.

This year, you will be looking in the cemeteries. All the answers to the clues can be found in the two local cemeteries. We know we don't need to caution you about respecting these grounds, but please take care as you wander in search of markers and mausoleums.

How to play: Clip out the entry form and complete it throughout the week by answering the questions for the photo cues.

Entry forms must be received by 5 p.m. the following Monday at the Washington Public Library; answers must be legible. Every entry with four correct answers will be entered in the final drawing. One entry per person/family per week, please.

Answers will be published the following week.

The winner will be notified by phone and announced in The Journal. Members of the Historic Preservation Commission and others with direct knowledge of this contest are ineligible to participate.

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