This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Plaques: James Van Rensselaer

Why is the plaque pictured below in the lawn of the First Presbyterian Church?
The plaque reads"
James Van Rensselaer 1784-1847 Founder of the town of Rensselaer, IND Came to Jasper Co. Ind. 1836
Erected by General Van Rensselaer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and First Presbyterian Church 1976
The reason the plaque is here is that the grave of James Van Rensselaer, for whom the city of Rensselaer is named, is next to this plaque. In Europe it was common to have the graveyard on the church property, but not so much in the midwest of the United States.

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