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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."

Thursday, August 6, 2015

REMINDER: Materials Conservator, Jason Church, of the National Center for Preservation Technology & Training (NCPTT) will be Conducting a Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop on September 10, 2015 in Paducah, Kentucky

This will be the closest to Ohio for a Jason Church cemetery preservation workshop in 2015. 
 If you live near or plan to travel near the Paducah, Kentucky area in September this year, AND would like the unique opportunity to attend a hands-on cemetery preservation workshop taught by nationally known instructor and conservator, Jason Church, here is your opportunity as there still are some available slots for enrollment.  

      The National Cemetery for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) a research and training office of the National Park Service, in partnership with the City of Paducah, Parks Department will offer a cemetery monument conservation basics workshop September 10, 2015, in Paducah, Kentucky. 

     This training is targeted to the nonprofessional, such as church sextons, genealogists, cemetery grounds keepers, and family members. 

     The workshop registration is $25 per person and limited to 30 people, so please register early.

The lecture portion of the workshop will begin at 9:00 at the Paducah Recreation Center (1527 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.). 

     NCPTT Materials Conservator Jason Church will talk about techniques for cemetery documentation and developing a preservation plan followed by a talk on cleaning and care recommendations for historic headstones. 

     After lunch the workshop will travel to Oak Grove Cemetery (1613 Park Avenue) for hands-on activities including proper cleaning techniques. For more information on the class contact Jason Church, jason_church@contractor.nps.gov

     More information can be found at:


 To register for the workshop contact:

Les Evans

Parks Maintenance Superintendent

City of Paducah

Parks Department

1400 H.C. Mathis Drive

Paducah, KY 42001