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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Friday, July 12, 2024

Sharing the upcoming book signing schedule for Ian Adams Photography's latest released publication.: "This Place of Silence: Ohio's Cemeteries & Burial Grounds"

 This Place of Silence: Ohio’s Cemeteries & Burial Grounds.

 "The book will be officially released by Ohio University Press on July 24, 2024."


 "Ian Adams will also be joined by co-photographer Randall Lee Schieber and writer Robin Smith to sign copies of the book at the Columbus Book Fair on Saturday, July 13, from 11:00 am through early afternoon. 

The Ohio University Press booth is No. 40."


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Remaining 2024 Ian Adams photography workshops:

See Below:

July 31, 2024
Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Smartphone Photography Program

August 1, 2024
Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Photo Walk

October 26, 2024
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, Ohio
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fall Photography Workshop


Monday, July 8, 2024

The Milan Public Library hosts well-known Ohio photographer, Ian Adams, discussing his latest book.: "This Place of Silence: "Ohio's Cemeteries and Burial Grounds" - Thursday - July 11, 2024 - 6:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. at the library - Copies of the book can be purchased at the event.

Photographer hosting cemetery discussion

Azier Johnson
Special to the Register

"MILAN — The Milan Public Library invites history enthusiasts, photography lovers and all interested community members to an evening with photographer Ian Adams as he discusses his book “This Place of Silence: Ohio Cemeteries & Burial Grounds."

The event takes place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 19 E. Church St.

"'This Place of Silence' is a collaborative photographic portrait of Ohio’s most interesting, historic and beautiful cemeteries created with fellow Ohio photographer Randall Lee Schieber and writer Robin Smith," according to an event statement.

"It includes images from more than 100 cemeteries in all 88 Ohio counties, highlighting the charming chapels, magnificent mausoleums and monuments, stately statues and graceful gravestones of Ohio’s burial grounds," it added.

Chapters cover:

• Native American and early burial grounds

• The evolution of cemeteries

• Architecture, statuary, and symbolism

• The natural environment

• Military and institutional cemeteries

• Distinctive traditions and distinctive places

Additionally, Adams will talk about Oakland Cemetery and the Cholera Cemetery in Sandusky.

People can purchase copies of his book during this event."


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Saturday, June 29, 2024

Announcing the 2025 Cemetery Grant Program will open up on July 1, 2024 through the Ohio Department of Commerce

Sharing this important information from the Ohio Department of Commerce - Real Estate and Professional Licensing's website.  

If you are interested in applying for a 2025 cemetery grant, please read all of the information provided.  

If you have any questions, please contact them. 

Since this cemetery grant program began, many Ohio cemeteries have benefitted from it. Sadly, those that are most likely needing grants do not qualify for them under the state's guidelines: i.e. family cemeteries, cemeteries that have not had a burial in 25 years or longer, and For Profit cemeteries -- all of these do not qualify to have these grants awarded to them.  I personally feel that is unfair that these cemeteries are left with no opportunities for additional funding unless provided in some way through their local communities (i.e. fund raises like "Go Fund Me" accounts, etc.).  In essence, the State of Ohio does not recognize them as important enough to qualify in my opinion.  But, for those that are eligible under the guidelines of this program and feel they have a good chance of being awarded a grant, please look into applying for one for 2025. 


The FY2025 cemetery grant application period opens July 1, 2024. 

"Cemetery operators can sign-up for our cemetery stakeholder email list here.

Once the application period opens on July 1st, the application can be found at: 


If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please contact the Division at: CemeteryGrants@com.state.oh.us




The application period for SFY2025 will open July 1, 2024. The grant announcement and all FY2025 grant instructions will be provided via the Division's website and via email. You may sign up for the email list here.

This grant is for qualifying not-for-profit and local government cemeteries and helps defray costs of exceptional cemetery maintenance or training cemetery personnel in the maintenance and operation of cemeteries. 

Eligible applicants shall be cemetery operators properly registered with the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing, be a documented not-for-profit entity under the IRS tax code and be in compliance with any applicable endowment and/or preneed cemetery merchandise and services trust accounts.  

The grant program runs on the State Fiscal Year (July 1 - June 30). 

Contact: CemeteryGrants@com.state.oh.us.

The Division’s cemetery grant program advances grants to properly registered cemeteries, except for-profit corporations, to defray the costs of exceptional maintenance or training of cemetery personnel in the maintenance and operation of the cemetery. A cemetery that has not had a burial in the last 25 years or is a family cemetery is exempt from registration and does not qualify for a grant.

Reasonable maintenance, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code section 4767.09, done in the day-to-day operations of a cemetery is not considered exceptional for purposes of awarding grants. Exceptional maintenance is construed broadly to cover non-routine, non-repetitive maintenance.

An operator may apply every other year for one grant of up to $2,500. Operators of five or more cemeteries registered with the Division may apply each year. 

Grant funds cannot be used for activities or purchases prior to formal approval of the grant application by the Superintendent and the Division’s receipt of a signed grant award agreement."


A link to the Grant Instructions