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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."

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sharing Announcements from "Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive" -- Marietta, Washington County, Ohio

From the Facebook Page of "Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive:

"Plans underway for repairing cemetery retaining walls, cleaning and repairing tombstones

Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive is developing plans for April 5 Community Service Day in Oak Grove Cemetery, for a May 3 tombstone cleaning workshop in Mound Cemetery and a May 10 tombstone repair workshop in Harmar Cemetery.
The volunteer community group also is urging the protection of original burial records from weather or fire damage by getting them into an environmentally controlled and fire proof storage area.

MCCA is a one-year-old group organizing to raise public and governmental awareness about the needs of the city's three historic cemeteries, which cover more than 65 acres.
The group's next meeting is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 in Marietta College Legacy Library Room 219. All interested in improving the conditions of cemeteries are welcome.
Volunteers are examining ways to repair brick retaining walls in cooperation with Marietta College students on the Community Service Day. Repairing the four- to six- foot- high brick retaining is expected to take years of work because of deterioration and land slippage.

47 volunteers last year cleared tons of downed limbs, dug out drainage ditches and removed truckloads of leaves from the critical, hand-built brick drains.
Volunteer Misti Spillman, The Castle's education director, is coordinating a three-hour tombstone cleaning work shop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mound Cemetery on May 3. 

Volunteers armed with Orvus soap, water and brushes already have cleaned more than 100 unreadable headstones in the past year. MCCA also will offer kits for tombstone cleaning so people who want care for family stones may safely clean them. The kits prices are being developed.
Mark Morton of Richland Co. is planning a day-long tombstone repair workshop for up to 25 people interested in helping to repair broken tombstones stones both in Marietta and elsewhere. The day-long workshop is for anyone interested in tombstone repair. There will be a registration fee to help cover class costs.
While tombstones in most of Oak Grove and Harmar cemeteries have been digitally recorded, MCCA is working to coordinate efforts so all of Mound Cemetery's stones are photographed and organized.
A special guest at January's meeting was Dan Moorman of St. Henry, who specializes in masonry repair of tombstones since graduating from Marietta College in 1992. Moorman spent more than two hours walking through Marietta's cemeteries offering suggestions for repairs and maintenance. Severely deteriorating sandstone needs special attention for documentation before information is lost, Moorman said.

MC Library Special Collections Director Linda Showalter shared information about appropriate ways protect historical burial records from damage by moisture and fire. 

Arrangements are underway for Showalter to meet with the Marietta Records Commission to discuss document protection.
Tax exempt donations for Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive are welcome at the Marietta Community 
Foundation, P.O. Box 77, Marietta 45750."

"For information: Roger G. Kalter at 740-373-1784 or Chris Painter at chrispainter1966@gmail.com"

Written By Roger G. Kalter

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