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Alice Jenison Gravestone

Alice C Jenison lays in the ground at Mt Hope Cemetary in Lansing, Michigan where she has rested for the past 100 years. Her gravestone, located in the Jenison and Cowles family plot, is one of the relatively few grave  marked as a Daughter of the American Revolution. Other than these features, there's nothing too unique about her grave. It can be hard to stand out among the sea of headstones and at times. It can almost seems like the majority of burials might as well be anonymous. There is use, however, in finding out about these individuals the sea, even if they are not particularly famous. They lived lives and created their own meaning which can be interesting and useful to us today. Finding their meaning is the challenge. 

The unlikely chance of finding someone who has seen Alice walking around with their own eyes grows slimmer everyday. Fortunatly, historical documents can make up for some of the absence resulting from a lack of first hand knowledge.

This exhibit utilized primary and secondary sources to point out some of the aspects of Alice C Jenison's life that mattered to her. These sources included U.S City Directories, federal census data from 1860 to 1880, an application for Sons of the American Revolution Membership, Alice's Obituary as well as a marriage record for her son, Frederick Cowles, Jenison. 

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