The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery is a volunteer organization with a mission to preserve, protect and promote Oakwood Cemetery, a historic cemetery in Macomb, Illinois. 

  

The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery

  • Support the upkeep and beautification of the cemetery
  • Raise funds for the cemetery, through donations and bequests
  • Maintain contact with relatives of those buried at Oakwood Cemetery, through a newsletter and a website and in doing so enlarge support beyond present town residents
  • Develop cultural events connected with the cemetery, including tours, monument dedications or re-dedications, dramatic performances, and other events
  • Promote the cemetery as a symbol of community

UPCOMING - 2 EVENTS!


May 30, 2019 Cemetery talks at the Western Illinois Museum

The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery, the McDonough County Genealogical Society and the Western Illinois Museum will partner to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Oakwood Cemetery’s mausoleum.  

On Thursday, May 30th

At 6:00 pm, Western Illinois Museum will open its doors and the McDonough County Genealogical Society invites the public to tour their Research Center to learn more about their local holdings.

At 7:00 pm, McDonough County Genealogical Society’s Board Member, Marla Vizdal, accompanied by WIU GIS Center’s Director, Chad Sperry will speak about their partnership in documenting local cemeteries. Their recent work has made available a wealth of new information through electronic means. They will also discuss upcoming projects and how they will benefit the understanding of our local genealogy and history.

At 7:30 pm, their presentation will be followed  by a talk with Dr. John Hallwas entitled, The Meaning of Cemeteries and Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery. His presentation will delve into the circumstances that fostered customs of remembering the dead and showing respect through monuments, beautification, and community events.

 

The Western Illinois Museum is located at 201 S. Lafayette Street, one block south of historic downtown Macomb, Illinois. There is a suggested $5 donation for each program.  For more information, contact the museum at 309.837.2750 or info@wimuseum.org.

The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery, the McDonough County Genealogical Society and the Western Illinois Museum will partner to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Oakwood Cemetery’s mausoleum.  

On Thursday, May 30th

At 6:00 pm, Western Illinois Museum will open its doors and the McDonough County Genealogical Society invites the public to tour their Research Center to learn more about their local holdings.

At 7:00 pm, McDonough County Genealogical Society’s Board Member, Marla Vizdal, accompanied by WIU GIS Center’s Director, Chad Sperry will speak about their partnership in documenting local cemeteries. Their recent work has made available a wealth of new information through electronic means. They will also discuss upcoming projects and how they will benefit the understanding of our local genealogy and history.

At 7:30 pm, their presentation will be followed  by a talk with Dr. John Hallwas entitled, The Meaning of Cemeteries and Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery. His presentation will delve into the circumstances that fostered customs of remembering the dead and showing respect through monuments, beautification, and community events.

 

The Western Illinois Museum is located at 201 S. Lafayette Street, one block south of historic downtown Macomb, Illinois. There is a suggested $5 donation for each program.  For more information, contact the museum at 309.837.2750 or info@wimuseum.org.


Oakwood Cemetery Tour -Sat. June 1, 2019 9:30-10:30am

John Hallwas at Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, IL
John Hallwas at Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, IL

 

Tour of Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery

Tour Guide: Dr. John Hallwas and Gary Rhoads

Take a tour of Macomb's lovely Oakwood Cemetery with historian John Hallwas and sexton Gary Rhoads. Used for over 160 years as a place for remembrance and meaningful inner experience, the cemetery is also one of the most complex historic sites in the county, evoking fascinating stories, related to every era of local history. Highlighted on the tour will be the 100-year-old mausoleum, Oakwood Abbey. This is the 100th anniversary of the erection of that mausoleum. Prior to the tour coffee and donuts will be served. After the tour of the mausoleum, Dr. Hallwas will take the group on a walking tour featuring the military section of the cemetery adjacent to the mausoleum and a few of the military burials in the old part of the cemetery. (As it happens, if was 150 years ago that the people of Macomb celebrated their first Memorial Day.)

Tour is co-organized by Friends of Oakwood Cemetery, McDonough County Genealogical Society, Western Illinois Museum and the City of Macomb.

This tour will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

The tour will meet at Oakwood Cemetry. Suggested $5 donation.