Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012

"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."

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sharing Words of Advice from Mark Morton - "The Gravestone Guardian of Ohio" for Those Who are Contemplating the Repair of a Broken Tombstone

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words but what else can it do?

The picture poster below is worth far more than words alone.  It shows us what can happen to a gravestone after it was subjected to the wrong kind of repair practices and products; used by someone who probably had no idea what would happen to it afterward.  

We are reminded that like with anything else in life, properly conducting gravestone restoration comes with a price and a learning curve.  The more educated we are about something, the better job we will do dealing with it.  This can only happen from being taught by knowledgeable teachers who were properly trained themselves.

This picture gives us a good start to staying on the right path of greater learning while grasping the true value of using proper products and methods when engaging in the different types of gravestone repairs.  

Researching well-respected websites such as "The Association of Gravestone Studies" and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training - NCPTT is also recommended.  

**Remember**: 
 DO your homework first so you will DO NO HARM to your ancestors' gravestones!

 Sharing this new picture poster above from "The Gravestone Guardian of Ohio"

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