Nearly 82 years have passed since the plaques at Washington Park were dedicated in honor of George Washington's Bicentennial in 1932.
Mounted on boulders at the wooded park overlooking the Allegheny River Valley and a broad expanse of the City of Warren, the plaques were stolen more than 20 years ago.
Local historians felt part of our heritage had been stolen.
So, the effort to restore the plaques - at a cost of approximately $1,000 - began approximately three years ago by the General Joseph Warren Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Kanoagoa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists (DAC).
"The chapters just felt it was a shame that thet plaque was missing that designated Washington Park," said Judi Wilson, regent for the local DAR and the DAC.
"On the back of the boulder was a plaque with the names of the gentlemen from Warren who purchased the 65 acres for a park for the town of Warren," Wilson added.
When the dedication took place in 1932, duplicate plaques were put at Morck Park and Washington Park, Wilson explained, and 2,000 trees were given to the town by the groups. At Morck Park, 13 elm trees were planted.
Groups that participated were Magna Carta Dames, Society of Mayflower Descendants, Ancient & Honorable Artillery, Daughters of the American Colonists, Daughters of the American Revolution and U.S. Daughters of 1812, Wilson explained.
A program to rededicate the plaque at Washington Park is planned for 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, with a presentation of the plaques to the City of Warren by Wilson. Warren City Mayor Maurice Cashman will accept the plaques, and the park's history will be shared. All of the groups who originally participated in the 1932 dedication will be represented at the event.
After the presentation, the list of men who purchased the park for the City of Warren will be read: C.T. Conarro, William Muir, F.E. Hertzel, Ed Walker, E.D. Witmore, H.A. Logan, George Craft, F.B. Jackson, M.W. Jamieson, E.W. Campbell, A.J. Hazeltine, W.C. Heasley and W.I. Bartholomew (deed entered April 28, 1922).
An invocation and a benediction will be offered by Dr. G.A. Hankins, pastor of First Church of the Nazarene
Wilson expressed appreciation to Warren Foundation and the Hal Conarro Family Foundation for providing the funds to have the plaques restored and Sturdevent Signs for making the new plaque after the original one, which is at Morck Park. Both plaques were dedicated on the same day.
Wilson said members of the families of the men who purchased the park for Warren are especially invited to attend the event. .We would like to thank the Warren Foundation and Hal Conarro Family Foundations for funding the project. Raindate will be Tuesday, June 10.