Who is Taking Care of Grandma’s Grave?

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Does your institution, or your community, have charge of a cemetery, graveyard, or even a single grave? The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Natchitoches will hold a webinar Wednesday, June 7 from 2-3:30 pm, which will cover the basic steps of caring for historic cemeteries.

To register for this webinar go online to ticketFind TicketsTickets Availablewww.connectingtocollections.org.

Topics covered will include an introduction to documentation surveys and forms, an overview of general definitions required for documentation, photography tips, and an introduction to cemetery preservation planning and prioritization. There will also be basic tips for how to clean stone monuments. This free webinar is offered through Connecting to Collections Care.

Presenter: Jason Church is a Materials Conservator in the Materials Conservation Program at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (National Park Service) in Natchitoches. Jason divides his time between conducting in-house research, organizing various training events, and teaching hands-on conservation workshops. Since 2005 he has conducted more than 100 lectures and hands-on training sessions for cemetery conservation. He earned his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

One thought on “Who is Taking Care of Grandma’s Grave?

  1. I can recommend Jason’s workshop without reservation. He has been instrumental in providing guidance and actual hands on work to the Natchitoches Historic Foundation (NHF) and the science behind the work he does will help to keep headstones around our communities, without damaging them, so future generations can access the history, wit and wisdom that they pass along. Thank you, Jason.

    I also would recommend individuals try using the grave marker database at Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) to see where their ancestors may be interred. It would certainly help others if you could add any gravestones of which you are aware and that do not show up in the database so that other families, and future generations, can find their past.

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