Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012
"The Association for Gravestone Studies"
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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been removed therefrom and no
bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity
as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."


A Straightened and Repaired Gravestone Restores Respect for the Deceased Person it Identifies

Monday, December 10, 2012

Spotlightling the "Linkedin" Group "Gravestone & Monument Preservation"

If you are a member of "Linkedin" and wish to join a group whose focus is centered on gravestone and monument preservation, then I feel you would enjoy and find worthwhile the topics and discussions offered by the "Gravestone & Monument Preservation" Group.  

Jonathan Appell is the group's administrator and moderator.  Jonathan is a nationally known conservator who conducts hands-on gravestone preservation workshops across the country.
  
The group's current topic is:

"Stone Consolidation- What is your opinion? Can the stone decay process be stopped or at least slowed down by the application of chemical treatments?"

Stone Consolidating Materials
A Status Report
http://cool.conservation-us.org/byauth/clifton/stone/

When it comes to preserving our ancestors' gravestones that are in various conditions of deterioration, we have to be careful.  Being as informed as we can will help keep us from making permanent mistakes that affect the condition and longevity of the very gravemarkers we are trying to protect.  



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