Dear Editor,


Many people in Perry may not be aware of the efforts of a few fellow residents. The Perry Historical Preservation Commission is an un-funded entity of the City made up of volunteers interested in our past. They are entirely self-funded and raise funds for their projects by selling memorabilia at class reunions and other functions. They have put plaques at various historical locations, presented awards to outstanding citizens and financially helped other Perry organizations, among many more things.


The latest project is repair of the deteriorating GAR monument at Violet Hill. The many decades of weather have left this tribute to our military in very poor condition. The armed forces are a very large part of our history and the commission members want to show our respect by repairing the crumbling concrete and adding a little at the same time. This is not actually part of the cemetery, nor something the City of Perry can afford to maintain as charity work.


Naturally, funding is the problem faced. The Commission has most of what is needed, but could certainly use some support from the community. I’m writing to ask anyone who has interest in Perry’s history, and feels they’d like to pay respect for those who served the nation in the past, consider a modest donation to this project. The sum needed is not huge, and could re raised by small amounts from a small percentage of Perry’s residents. If anyone feels they can do this, it can be mailed to Perry Historical Preservation, PO Box 545, Attn: Jeanette. Or if you know any of the members personally, let them know you can help.


Dave Berkemann


Perry, Iowa


Association Member


Perry Historical Preservation Commission