The following is a press release from the Holliston Historical Society regarding the "Mapping Holliston's Old Cemeteries" program, which be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday:
Cemeteries are a link to our past, a memorial to those who shaped our towns. On Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m., Paul LeBeau presents "Mapping Holliston's Old Cemeteries" at .
Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be served following the program.
LeBeau's interest in genealogy, combined with an awareness of the frustration felt by his father searching for gravestones of ancestors in various New Hampshire cemeteries, led him to embark on a project that would make things easier for folks searching for specific gravestones in Holliston. LeBeau mapped the gravestones in four of Holliston's cemeteries that date to the early 1700s ( near Weston Pond, West Cemetery on Gorwin Drive, on Washington Street and next to Town Hall).
In creating these maps and lists, LeBeau discovered fascinating biographical sketches about some of the early residents of Holliston. "The names as well as the inscriptions - some of them very lengthy - are quite interesting," said LeBeau.
The mapping and inventory lists of three of the cemeteries have been completed and copies of the reports will be presented to the Holliston Historical Society, and . Discussion is ongoing regarding making them available through the respective websites of these organizations. Many thanks to LeBeau for the numerous hours he has devoted to this project, which will benefit present and future generations.