Cane River Cemetery Preservation Workshops set for October

Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA) and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will host a two-part workshop series focusing on cemetery care and restoration in October. The Cane River Cemetery Preservation Workshops are intended to help local churches and cemetery groups understand the methods and practices of preserving the resting place of our ancestors. For many, these sites are of value for reasons from the historical understanding of our forbearers and the intersection of societal groupings to the objects of art or intangible heritage they contain.

Session 1: Cleaning Gravestones and Monuments is taking place October 7th from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm at Morning Star Baptist Church, 170 Main St, Natchez, LA 71456.

In this first session conservator, Jason Church will teach about the importance of cemetery care, documentation, and preservation planning. Church will also teach techniques to clean stone and concrete grave markers. Registration is $10 per person and lunch will be provided.

Session 2: Resetting and Repairing Grave Markers is taking place October 28th from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm at Jackson Square Cemetery, located on the corner of North Street and Thomas Street in Natchitoches, LA.

During this session, Conservator Jason Church will demonstrate techniques to clean, reset, and do simple repairs to stone grave markers. Additionally, he will demonstrate setting a new base for a headstone that has been damaged and discuss the importance of cemetery care and how to conserve cemetery monuments. Participants must attend Session 1 to attend Session 2. Registration is $10 per person and lunch will be provided.

For questions or more information contact Cane River National Heritage Area at 318-356-5555.