Creating Interpretive and Historical Signage in His Hometown

During a family vacation to Washington DC last summer, Clarion Area High School sophomore, Nick Cherico became intrigued by all of the historical and interpretive signage. He enjoyed reading every panel and learning about our nation’s history. He decided that this could be his Eagle Scout project – interpretive and historical signage in his home town.

Cortland Rural Cemetery

Located on 44 acres in Cortland, NY sits the 162-year-old Cortland Rural Cemetery.  The cemetery was established in 1853 and is home to over 19,000 graves.  There are also multiple historic building on the grounds.

In the summer of 2015, the cemetery opened a “cemetrail” that features 20 interpretive signs throughout the grounds as well as tree markers.  The self-guided tour provides educational insights on some of the cemetery’s noteworthy burials, history and operations.  The signs were developed in cooperation with the students and faculty from SUNY Cortland.

Kansas State Historical Society Celebrates Kansas Day

In 1891, Kansas became the 34th state to enter the union. Each year Kansas Day is held to celebrate this event at the capitol building in Topeka, Kansas. At this year’s celebration the Kansas State Historical Society opened the Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center in conjunction with the dedication of the 10 year, 350 million dollar restorations of the Capitol Building.