Keokuk National Cemetery’s Superintendent’s Lodge Receives Gift

State Central Bank donates $40,000 to ongoing preservation effort

Posted by CC on March 16th, 2008 12:31 pm

The Superintendent’s Lodge at the National Cemetery in Keokuk will receive a new roof thanks to local preservationists, a state grant, and a generous donation by State Central Bank in Keokuk. The $40,000 gift will be added to $20,000 in donations already raised by the Keokuk Historic Preservation Commission. The money will ensure the Commission can meet the matching requirements of a state Historical Resource Development Program grant that expires in June. The National Cemetery in Keokuk, created by Congress in 1862, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 as the first national cemetery west of the Mississippi River. The Keokuk Historic Preservation Commission took on the daunting task of restoring the Superintendent’s Lodge in 1998, when the building was threatened with demolition. Commission chair Chuck Mitchell hopes the project will be completed by mid-summer.

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