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Papinville Historical Association and Cemetery News from the President Beverly Sullins

I’m sure almost everyone has heard that once again we have decided not to have our annual picnic this year. It is with great regret and concern for everyone that we made this decision. With so many new cases of covid and deaths in Bates and surrounding counties, we’ve had to be careful. We are keeping all of our plans for the Mission Harmony tour and picnic on hold and will outline the activities planned for next year. Everyone who has registered for our tour will be personally called when the event takes place. We thank everyone for their interest in this activity.

We had the pleasure of welcoming retired teachers from the region who came to visit the museum and the school on September 8th.e. They all had a great time and were happy to have Sophie (Maugraine) Papin visit and learn about Mission Harmony education while they had lunch. Individuals or organizations wishing to arrange tours like this can do so by contacting Beverly at 417-395-4288 or Phyllis at 417-395-2594. We would be happy to visit you and schedule a visit for you.

Now we have to visit you about the status of our organization. Last year we faced a major problem. As you know we have our organizational complex here in Papinville and it is rural and we share with the creatures of God that live around us. Unfortunately, several of these creatures (squirrels) decided they wanted to live in our school building and destroyed part of the school property. We are happy to report that everything has been fixed and that we have taken steps to deter their return. But it all took money. Then there are lights, water, insurance and mowing which have been ongoing expenses. With no event generating money every year for the past two years, we need a little help. We want to keep everything in good condition and continue to have the facility to use and in doing this we would like to ask for your help. If you would like to donate any amount, that would be greatly appreciated. We have printed slates as trivets commemorating the establishment of Harmony Mission in 1821. The first 25 people who donate $ 50.00 or more will receive one of these trivets for free. Just know that whatever amount you could donate would go towards the monthly bills and maintenance of the property so that everything goes smoothly so that we can welcome you again when this health crisis is under control. Donations can be sent to our Treasurer, Phyllis Stewart, 6721 SE Market St, Rockville, MO 64780-8249. Thank you very much and everyone stay safe.

Beverly Sullins, Pres.


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Quint elected president of the Association of Jewish Cemeteries of North America


The Board of Directors of the Association of Jewish Cemeteries of North America (JCANA) elected Sherri Quint of Westbrook as the organization’s new president.

WESTBROOK, Maine – The Board of Directors of the Association of Jewish Cemeteries of North America (JCANA) elected Sherri Quint of Westbrook as the organization’s new president.