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To the editor:
I will no longer be able to be a part of the Civil
War Statue Restoration Committee. I have attended the meetings and
in the beginning was excited to watch this committee do what they
initially came together to accomplish. During the first meeting,
everyone was excited about doing the statue justice and returning
this grand memorial back to its original beauty, as it was put there
by our ancestors as a lasting memorial to those they lost in the
I have also now watched as this committee lost sight of what it
needed to do, and because of that, the integrity of the statue was
no longer the issue. In its place was a group of people who were
more intent on doing something they deemed better. I was not aware
that this committee was formed to decide what was better, but
instead to just restore our historical figure. Of course over time,
things change and improve and there will always be a better way to
do something, but this was not the place for it. This committee
wasn't formed with that in mind. I agree changes might make a
difference in the longevity of the statue, but the statue was not
our memorial and the authority to change it was not given to this
I am not only upset with the arrogance shown by this small group,
but with the lack of historical accuracy that is being played out in
a building (the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society)
whose main goal is to preserve history for the generations to come.
I do not want to be a party to dishonoring so many people in such a
callous way. It is uncalled for and unjust. The Civil War deceased
were mourned and memorialized by a county, and that memorial should
continue to stand proudly, reflecting not what a group in 2010
thinks would look better or last longer, but instead what a group of
that time deemed appropriate.
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If this small group thinks their way of improving and changing is
the right way, then maybe they need to dig a little deeper within
themselves and think how this would be in another project. What if
the Postville Courthouse was rebuilt in brick? How would we be
preserving the history of Abraham Lincoln and his time in Logan
County? Would that be fitting of way to preserve the history that is
so important to us today? Would that entice people to want to visit
and learn about it?
So you want to completely change a monument this way? I've heard
people discuss how this statue is overlooked, and you will be
promoting that to continue, because once you make this statue into
what you think is bigger and better, its whole history will be lost
and it will just be something new. Preserving the history and
restoring the integrity would once again invite visitors to venture
up close and reflect on a time period of pain and suffering that
Logan County lived through. Isn't that what preservation and
restoration is all about? Shouldn't you want to bring that history
alive for them, instead of just replacing it with something new?
I hope that once this project is done, the remaining committee
members can all sit back and know in their heart of hearts that they
did the service this committee was formed for and that they are
proud of how they preserved and restored the history and integrity
of this grand statue for the many generations to come. As far as I
can see, the outcome is not something that will be deemed
restorative in the least, and history for this statue and that time
will come to an end. It will be replaced with a brand-new statue
whose only history lies within a small committee whose lines were
divided over integrity, historical accuracy and preservation versus
looking better, lasting longer and improving. Restoring and
preserving history is and never will be about improving. Its only
importance is to maintain the integrity of the past so that it can
live on for the many generations to come.
February 05, 2010]
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