Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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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, July 14, 2014

Sharing Some Gravestone Cleaning Insights for Marble Gravestones from the National Center for Technology and Training

The National Center for Technology and Training's website offers several educational links including one entitled:  


Below is a 9-page PDF document entitled: 

 "Best Practice Recommendations for Cleaning Government Issued Headstones" -- recommendations are only for marble gravestones; and not gravestones made of other materials.  


Also, to read a July 21, 2011 blog post on this same subject: Click Here 

Spotlighting Stone Revival Historical Preservation (TM) - Mr. Brad Manzenberger, Conservator

I invite you to browse through the links found on the website and Facebook page of:  "Stone Revival Historical Preservation". 
The documented information provided will lead you to explore, armed with a comparative approach, toward a better understanding why conducting gravestone conservation the right way, is the best way for both short-term and long-term results. 

Finding our ancestors' gravestones has not always come easy -- some had to be unearthed, others were found cracked and unredable. Now we want to ensure that they will last beyond our own lifetime as well.  The reality becomes that we will need to invest our time and other resources to accomplish this goal, whether we hire a professional conservator or not.  We learn there are some mistakes that are truly irreversible; so we have to choose carefully.  We can only make wise choices based on a well-rounded knowledge of this subject. 
I have personally read through the links found below, and can say that they have helped me stay on the proper path for choosing cleaning practices and approved products that have been used and tested at national historic sites and cemeteries.  We shouldn't have to be relegated to learning from mistakes caused by experimentation.   
"Specializing in the preservation of historical masonry, specifically grave markers as well as non-cemetery monuments and memorials and some historical architecture."

Founded 2004.

Brad Manzenberger, Conservator


"Stone Revival Historical Preservation accepts payments in cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and PayPal."

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Phone(317) 410-9992

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