A new guide makes it a bit easier to find some of McDonough County’s rural cemeteries. The full color publication was put together by the McDonough County Historical Society. The Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the GIS Center at Western Illinois University also helped with the project.
The Historical Society’s Gil Belles said people are interested in cemeteries for a variety of reasons.
“There are a lot of people who just love to go into cemeteries. They’re quiet, they’re peaceful, you can look at the native flora and fauna and the birds,” Belles said.
Rich Egger's guest is Dr Gil Belles, who is being honored with the National Historic Preservation Medal from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
DAR's Dr Elizabeth Kaspar, Regent of the General Macomb Chapter, said Belles is only the second Illinois resident ever to receive the medal. It will be presented to him during a reception on Sunday, June 3, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Community Room at Macomb City Hall.
The DAR chapter said Belles is being honored for his leadership in restoring nearly 100 cemeteries in McDonough County.