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."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Announcing "Cemetery Workshop - "Restoration 101" at the Harmar Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio - September 20, 2014 - 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. - Misti Spillman

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.


Harmar Cemetery, 119 Wood Street, Marietta, OH

Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive updated the event photo.


Registration form for Misti's workshop.
Registration form for Misti's workshop.

"Join Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive (MCCA) as we welcome gravestone restorer Misti Spillman. She will be conducting a workshop for beginners who are interested in cemetery restoration. The cemetery workshop will take place at Harmar Cemetery, 119 Wood Street, Marietta from 9am to 3pm. The cost is $25. The workshop will focus on cemetery preservation techniques, including fixing breaks, resetting, cleaning and how to mix stone dust to fill in cracks. The entire workshop will be spent in the cemetery, where participants will gain more hands-on experience repairing stones. Lunch is not provided but there are numerous restaurants in the area.

Misti Spillman has a background in researching and restoring cemeteries. She worked as an AmeriCorps member at the Ohio History Connection and created a cemetery toolkit as a guide for people who want to restore cemeteries. She also serves as a reference and liaison to numerous museums and historical societies throughout Ohio.

Registration is restricted to 20 people for Misti Spillman’s workshop on Sept. 20th. Applicants will be notified that they have a place. Other applications will be held on a waiting list. If sending by mail, please include your check with the application. If sending by email, mail check separately to Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive. We cannot accept payment by credit card. Make checks payable to Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive and mail to the address above. If your payment is not received by September 5th, your place will be offered to the person on the waiting list. No refunds are possible after Friday, September 12th. If the workshop is cancelled because of weather, refunds will be given. 

Further information: please contact Misti Spillman at Spillman.4@wright.edu or 937-489-1369."

Complete registration and email to chrispainter1966@gmail.com
or detach and mail with payment to:
Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive
Attn: Chris Painter
105 Cityview Avenue
Marietta, OH 45750


PLEASE NOTE: This is a beginner’s course to learn how to properly restore and reset gravestones. Cleaning starter kits will be available on the day of the workshop to purchase, along with Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive t-shirts.

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