Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"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, December 3, 2014

Sharing Additional Information about Cleaning Gravestones -- from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Texas Gravestone Studies

The following information has been brought to my attention regarding two well regarded organizations and their contributions to gravestone conservation education: 

The websites of both organizations have posted significant information on the subject of properly cleaning gravestones. 

Each offers step-by-step details about the considerations involved including initial assessment of each gravestone's condition, being sure to choose only 'do no harm' products and procedures, and listing contact information for further help and questions.
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency -- "Cleaning Stone Grave Markers"

Texas Gravestone Studies -  "Cleaning Gravestones"
The winter season is a great time to study and learn more about gravestone conservation so you can become better informed about those all important "DO's and DON'T's" to avoid mistakes and ensure proper cleaning of your ancestors' gravestones -- many of which may have required some time to locate!

Carl Reese (1931 - 2014) - Find A Grave Memorial

Carl Reese and Linda Ellis. 
 Photograph taken on October 5, 1991 at the WRMR Studios.
I had the pleasure of working with "Captain" Carl Reese at WJW Radio, AM 850 from February of 1981 to August of 1982.  However, I had been a fan of his for many years during his long radio broadcasting career in Cleveland radio.