Lewiston’s bicentennial celebration continued Sunday with an outdoor community service and old-fashioned picnic at First Presbyterian Church.
That segued into a dedication ceremony for the potter’s field memorial site that village Historian Russ Piper has been working on for several months. A ceremony was held in the Marble Orchard, with remarks from Piper and members of the Lewiston Council on the Arts.
In past letters to this new outlet, “gatekeeper” Piper described the project:
“Being the oldest cemetery in the county and final resting place of some of Lewiston's most notable citizens, it is important to preserve and showcase it for now and the future. …
“The cemetery, being the oldest and a most historical final resting place for some of Lewiston's early and prominent residents, needs to be showcased for its history both for now and the future. …
“My goal was to make the grounds a place of solitude for residents and visitors where they can come to pay respects, sit, rest and pray for the souls who repose there, or simply to find a moment of peace in their life. …
“With this in mind, I have been working with various individuals and organizations to hold a remembrance and dedication ceremony to the unknown souls forgotten in history, and pay tribute to their plight in life.”
Following this event, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church held an ice cream social on its front lawn.
Peter Andres as the grave-digger
ICE CREAM SOCIAL: