Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy 2017!
And may all of your New Year's Resolutions be kept!
If cleaning, repairing, or resetting your ancestor's gravestone in 2017 is among your New Year's resolutions in the coming year, please keep following the Do No Harm guidelines for conducting this type of work. A perfect place to learn about these proper procedure and product guidelines is from the NCPTT -- The National Center for Technology and Training.
With this thought in mind, I wish to take this opportunity to thank Mary Striegel of the NCPTT for reaching out through her blog posts, in particular, that detail and promote safe, do no harm practices, that serve to protect and preserve grave markers of all types across America.
Through Mary's blog posts, like her most recent:
"Preserving Grave Markers in Historic Cemeteries" -- that includes a Link to the 20 page PDF Brief # 48 Document itself is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about cemetery preservation and gravestone conservation whether they have engaged in this type of work or not.
"Dr. Mary Striegel is responsible for NCPTT’s Materials Conservation Program. Mary came to NCPTT in 1995 from the Getty Conservation Institute.
Her past work has included studies of the effects of formaldehyde on inorganic materials, uses of thin-layer chromatography for the analysis of binding media, and applications of digital imaging and technical photography in the analysis of works of art.
Mary earned her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis, where she pursued interdisciplinary research on residual stresses in numismatics."