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."

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reminder: Nationally Recognized Gravestone Conservator Jonathan Appell to Hold Gravestone Conservation Workshop in Richmond, Indiana - Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT) Richmond, Wayne Co., Indiana

There are still some slots open to attend this upcoming workshop in October.  

Jonathan Appell is a nationally known gravestone conservator and this is the closest he will come to conducting a workshop in Ohio this year.  So if you are seeking to attend a quality cemetery preservation workshop, please take a look at the information below.  Thank you.


"This will be a hands-on cemetery restoration workshop given by Jonathan Appell. 

All tools and materials required will be provided. 

The basic techniques taught the first day (FRIDAY 17 Oct. 9 AM - 4 PM) will also be taught on day two (SATURDAY 18 Oct 9 AM - 4 PM). 

Those that attend both days will be taught some additional advanced procedures. 

Jeannie from the DNR will give classroom instruction on Friday evening (time and location to be determined). This instruction along with the workshop will allow attendees to be certified to probe for grave markers. There will not be any charge for this class.

Jonathan Appell is a professional masonry conservation specialist with expertise in gravestone, monument, sculpture and historic masonry preservation. Trained in engineering, violin and cabinet making, sculpture and stone carving, Jonathan has worked in fields related to historic masonry for over 25 years. 

Materials and instructions will be provided onsite. Participants will learn how to identify different monument types, clean gravestones using appropriate materials, repair damaged monuments, and reset leaning or fallen headstones.

The Hoover Bulla Historic Cemetery will serve as the classroom for learning techniques that can be taken home for use in historic cemeteries. Direction and location of this Pioneer Cemetery will be sent to those that register.

There will be a small lunch provided. Bottled water will also be available. 

Please bring appropriate clothes for any weather. The workshop will be conducted regardless of the weather. 

Bring your own work gloves, safety glasses (if you want to use them), mask, hand tools, and any other items of a personal nature (might be a good idea to mark anything you bring). 

You might want to bring a lawn chair. Bug spray and sun screen will also be a good idea. 

For any questions of additional information please contact Dave Sloan desloan@aol.com home phone 765-935-9611."