CFCPL Resuming Activities - Please Join!
We on the Board of the Clapp's Factory Cemetery Preservation League
(Kemis Massey, Cynthia Nason, and I) are conferring to get the
organization back on track with our Master Plan. We will be meeting
in Columbus the weekend of Saturday, August 5, to discuss changes to
the group and consider how best to pursue the group's goals. All are
welcome to attend this Board meeting I will post the time and place
as soon as we have decided on it. I also anticipate meeting at the
cemetery for a walking tour, some time during Saturday, August 5, in
case anyone wants to meet us. We will be deciding on a date for the
general membership meeting in Columbus this fall probably in
September or October and hope to begin having regular meetings of
the general membership then (probably either once a quarter or once
every four months).
Activities with CFCPL Are Resuming Please Join!
The new year for CFCPL begins on September 1, and we are honoring all
past memberships in the group for the coming year. Publication of our
newsletter, The Clapp's Factory Chronicle, will resume with Volume II,
Number 1 for Fall 2006. Copies of Vol. I (four issues) are available
for anyone who wants them please send me your snailmail address if
you would like to receive them. Those of you who are already
subscribed will be receiving these within the next couple of weeks.
Subscription to the new issues (Vol. II forward) will be a benefit of
membership in CFCPL. I encourage everyone who supports our mission to
rescue the Clapp's Factory Cemetery to join the group. Your dues and
donations will help us publicize the project and implement our Master
Plan. Membership dues are $15.00 for an individual and $25.00 for a
household annually. The year starts September 1, but if you join now,
your membership will be effective immediately and run through August
of 2007. Checks should be made payable to CFCPL and directed to:
c/o John Mallory Land
8182 Whitewing Dr.
Frisco, TX 75034-4522
We will be issuing receipts for past donations and current memberships
within the next few weeks. All new donations and membership dues will
receive a prompt receipt.
There are many opportunities for volunteer service with the group. We
anticipate expanding the number of seats on the Board of Directors and
will be forming committees to manage such areas as Membership,
Publicity, Fund Raising, and Research. We also hope to assemble a
team in the local area to monitor the state of the cemetery site and
help police it for litter and dumping. If anyone in the Yahoo! group
is available and interested in serving in some capacity, however great
or small, please contact one of us on the Board (our email addresses
are at the tail of this message).
Improvements Are in the Works for the Group and the Cemetery!
This year, my primary objective as President will be to make changes
to improve the structure of the organization so that it will become
self-sustaining and self-perpetuating.
Our short-term goals include more actively publicizing our project,
increasing membership involvement, and building up our general
Our medium-term goal is to raise funds to pay for a formal
archaeological survey during the winter of 2007-08. This survey
should make it possible to have a property survey conducted to
determine the legal boundaries of the cemetery, which needs to be
carried out before we can erect a fence or take other measures to
protect the site. We will need a fence before we can move on to other
improvements, such as any monuments, historical markers, benches,
lighting, etc., so that they will be less vulnerable to vandalism.
Our long-term goals include establishing an endowment fund to provide
for the perpetual maintenance and protection of the cemetery.
Historical research into the Clapp's Factory mill operations,
community, and cemetery is ongoing. I have currently engaged a
volunteer researcher to look up the service and pension files of
Georgia Confederate soldiers connected with Clapp's Factory. She has
recently researched some CSA men on another side of my family for me
and is only charging us for copies, postage, parking and other
incidental expenses. She is starting with some of my kin who were at
Clapp's Factory (including NEWSOMES), and I am paying the expenses out
of my pocket at present. She will be moving on to other men who
served in the Home Guard unit at Clapp's Factory and other Confederate
soldiers and veterans buried at the cemetery, and some of her expenses
will be paid out of the CFCPL general fund. If anyone is interested
in helping with archival or other research, please let us know!
We appreciate your continued support for the Clapp's Factory Cemetery
project. Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns
you may have. Thanks again!
John Mallory Land, President
Cynthia Nason, Vice President
Kemis Massey, Secretary and Treasurer