The Maple Grove Heritage Association is dedicated to the preservation
of the cultural, historical and natural features within the cemetery.
The Association strives to foster a public understanding and
appreciation for the art, history, architecture and natural environment
including plants and animals, all encompassed at Maple Grove.
You will be interested to know that the Maple Grove Heritage
Association arranges a variety of guided tours upon request for
little or no charge. The MGHA also maintains an archive centered
upon the cemetery's history as well as the history of many notable
figures. The archives are available to researchers by appointment.
Association's current focus is upon the preservation of Wichita's
oldest civil war monument, the Maple Grove Pavilion. The MGHA
is working toward restoration and rededication in time for the
Pavilion's 2001 Memorial Day Centennial Celebration. A structural
study has proven that the monument is in need of a substantial
improvement to the foundation but that masonry can be preserved
without disassembly. The entire roof must be replicated and replaced.
Restoration to the memorials and surrounding walks are also planned.
The entire project is currently estimated to cost between $75,000-$90,000
with any excess funds going to a maintenance trust for future
Other projects undertaken by the Association include:
- The preservation of the Hattie Waller Monument "the
little girl," Wichita's first locally produced work of sculpture
- Participation in the erection of the Lucetta Carter Memorial
Sun Dial with the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum,
The Wichita Bibliophiles, and the Wichita State University Library
- The restoration of the Caroline Harrison Circle, Ladies of
the Grand Army of the Republic Monument.
- Restoration of the Edmund & Faye Davison Monument designed
by Bruce Moore.
- Restoration of the Waid-Remer Monument.
- Preservation Program for classic mid-western ornamental plantings
of the 19th & 20th centuries.