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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."

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sharing A Statement by Mr. Dennis Montagna, Vice President & Conservation Committee Chair of the Association for Gravestone Studies with Information Against the Use of Nyalox Brushes on Gravestones

Sharing this statement from Mr. Dennis Montagna, Vice President & Conservation Committee Chair, Association for Gravestone Studies.

Mr. Montagna's statement in this post is also included on a Page listed on the right-hand column of this blog. 
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Two other statements on this subject, also on the Page, include those from Lynette Strangstad, author of the well-known publication "A Graveyard Preservation Primer" first published in 1988, and now in its second edition published in 2013; and  Mr. Ken Follett, founding member and first president of the Preservation Trades Network   

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Statement from Dennis Montagna - Vice President & Conservation Committee Chair, Association for Gravestone Studies:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shared with Permission:

"We neither support nor condone the aggressive cleaning of cemetery monuments, whether through mechanical or chemical means. Moreover, in my nearly nearly thirty years in the preservation field, I can't think of a single case in which the use of power-driven brushes made sense as a stone cleaning tool. In fact, Nyalox brushes are typically impregnated with aluminum oxide abrasives, so they would have an especially devastating effect on calcareous stones like marble, limestone and some sandstones."

Dennis Montagna, Ph.D
Vice President and Conservation Committee Chair
Association for Gravestone Studies
https://gravestonestudies.org/


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 Thanking Mr. Montagna for granting his permission to share his statement. 
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Links to the Association for Gravestone Studies appear on the right-hand column of this blog including those for the Ohio Chapter's Facebook Page, and website.
 
 

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