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Wooden Artifacts in Cemeteries: A Reference Manual (2007-10)
2007-10
 

This project is about saving historic wooden artifacts in cemeteries. Cemeteries are important repositories of local and national history, valued not only for the stories they tell, but also for their emotional and civic connections.

12/31/2007
Wooden Artifacts in Cemeteries: A Reference Manual
Wooden grave marker in Virginia City, NV.
 

NCPTT has received the PTT grant product “Wooden Artifacts in Cemeteries: A Reference Manual,” submitted by the Historic Preservation Commission; the City of Aspen, Colorado, and Anthony & Associates.

11/13/2008
Who Wants to Preserve A Cemetery? (Episode 1)
Jason Church and a workshop participant clean a marble marker in Hot Springs, AR
 

NCPTT recently recorded its first podcast. In it, conservator Jason Church talks about NCPTT’s cemetery monument conservation initiative and about his experiences growing up that led him to the field of cemetery conservation.

08/01/2008
What about Soapstone?
Soapstone marker at Reddies River Cemetery, Wilkes County, NC.
 

If a soapstone marker is in the need of cleaning. I would only recommend the softest of brushes and water, I  have used a baby hair brush with great results. The biggest thing to keep in mind it how very soft this stone is, some soapstones have a value of 1 to 2 on the ...

01/15/2014
VA Cemetery Cleaning Study Progress Report Completed
NCPTT
 

NCPTT’s Mary Striegel and Jason Church completed a progress report, “Comparative Study of Commercially Available Cleaners for Use on Federally-Issued Headstones” for the Department of Veteran Affairs National Cemetery Administration.

05/09/2007
They Died in Rome: Preservation of an Active, Historic Cemetery for Foreigners
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, April 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. They Died in Rome: Preservation of an Active, Historic Cemetery for Foreigners by Nicholas Stanley-Price ABSTRACT For some 300 years foreigners dying in Rome who were not Catholic have been buried in the city’s Non-Catholic Cemetery. The burial-ground is located inside the ...

01/17/2011
The Restoration Technology in the Russian Necropolis
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. The Restoration Technology in the Russian Necropolis by Julia Loginova and Anna Loshchenko The State Museum of city sculpture is one of the oldest museum of St. Petersburg. Its collection is outstanding (2000 monuments). One of the museum departments is the ...

08/12/2011
The Cycle of Use, Neglect, and Renewal in Historic Family Cemeteries of Niagara, Ontario
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. The Cycle of Use, Neglect, and Renewal in Historic Family Cemeteries of Niagara, Ontario by Catherine Paterson The results of the archaeological study of 98 family cemeteries of the Niagara region of Ontario provide great insight into the experience of settlers ...

08/12/2011
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the Americas
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the Americas by Captain Harry Harsch The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, established by Royal Charter on 21 May 1917, commemorates the 1.7 million people of the British Commonwealth who died in the two world wars. ...

09/23/2011
The Challenges of Treating Delaminating Slate Headstones: New Treatments with New Materials
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. The Challenges of Treating Delaminating Slate Headstones: New Treatments with New Materials by Irving Slavid Colonial settlers found slate to be abundant, and the quarries in the “slate valley” from Vermont to New York (and as far south as Virginia) supplied ...

08/12/2011
Telnet: Essentials in Cemetery Monument Care
NCPTT
 

NCPTT will broadcast its first telnet course, “Essentials in Cemetery Monument Care,” on Jan. 30, 2007 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

01/02/2007
Stopping the Hands of Time: 9 Tips for Cemetery Preservation
NCPTT
 

Here are nine tips for cemetery preservation that I have learned.

04/11/2007
Stace Miller Awarded B.S. in Chemistry and Math
Stace Miller doing microscopy on marble samples
 

Stace Miller, a longtime undergraduate intern at NCPTT, received a B.S. in chemistry and an B.S. in Math from Northwestern State University of Louisiana on May 9.

06/10/2008
Southeast Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop
NCPTT
 

NCPTT held its Southeast Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop at St. Michaels Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., on Oct. 23-25.

12/03/2007
Smithsonian workshop to feature NCPTT research
Cleaning a headstone
 

NCPTT’s comparative research on cleaners for cemetery headstones will be featured as part of the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute’s workshop on microbial colonization of stone. The workshop will be held April 20-22, 2009 in Washington, DC.

02/01/2009
Shaving Cream: Genealogist’s Friend or Cemetery Conservator’s Foe?
Biological growth flourishes on the remains of shaving cream used to read the epitaph.
 

We do not advocate the use of shaving cream for investigating inscriptions on stone. The shaving cream has natural emollients for softening the skin. These emollients have oils and moisture holding agents that can have detrimental effects on the stone.

04/09/2009
Scaling and Deterioration of Granite Monuments
Jason Church presents "Effects of Hard Water on Granite Tombstones in the Southwest United States" at the RATS session o fthe AIC Conference in Denver, Colo.
 

NCPTT’s Jason Church presented the results of recent research on the scaling and deterioration of granite monuments.

09/29/2007
Scale on Granite Headstones
Caitlin O'Grady
 

NCPTT graduate intern Caitlin O’Grady has begun a study to examine scale that has been widely found on granite headstones.

07/03/2006
Saving and Preserving Burial Grounds of Enslaved African Americans
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Saving and Preserving Burial Grounds of Enslaved African Americans by Sandra A. Arnold Development of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans began from independent research conducted by Sandra Arnold (Fordham University) after she discovered the burial site of her ...

08/13/2011
Safe Hoist Operation for Lifting Stone
Using a tripod hoist to reset a marble headstone
 

Safe Hoist Operation for Lifting Stone When a stone needs to be removed or set back in place, lifting is required.  A hoist or crane can be used whenever the stone cannot be moved manually.  So, it is important to keep safety in mind when operating a crane or hoist.  You should be familiar with the ...

12/18/2012
Returning the Forest to Forest Lawn: Tree Planting Strategies for Historic Landscapes
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Returning the Forest to Forest Lawn: Tree Planting Strategies for Historic Landscapes by Matthew Quirek This oral presentation will use the framework outlined in the Forest Lawn Landscape Renewal Plan (completed in 2012 by Heritage Landscapes LLC and Forest Lawn) to ...

08/12/2011
Returning From Oblivion: The Reemergence of a World War II Memorial Sundial
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Returning From Oblivion: The Reemergence of a World War II Memorial Sundial by Minxie and James Fannin The classical Doric marble column, surmounted by a bronze sundial, was commissioned by the Sylvania Electric Corp. of Salem, Massachusetts to honor their local ...

08/12/2011
Resetting a Stone Grave Marker (2007-02)
2007-02
 

Materials Conservator Jason Church demonstrates how to properly reset stone grave marker.

09/22/2008
Reimagining August Bloedner’s 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument (1862)
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Reimagining August Bloedner’s 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument (1862) by Sara Amy Leach This presentation is about the creation of a successor monument to the historic 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument in Cave Hill National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky. The original monument—an detailed, inspired ...

08/19/2011
Red Jacket: Sculpture Conservation Treatment in Forest Lawn Cemetery
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Red Jacket: Sculpture Conservation Treatment in Forest Lawn Cemetery by Francis Miller Forest Lawn Cemetery, founded in 1850, is a 269 acre “Rural Cemetery” listed on the National Register of Historic Places The grounds contain a spectacular array of sculptures and ...

08/12/2011
Recolocación Básica de Monumentos
Ahora es tiempo de colocar la lápida sobre la base.
 

English Español Trataremos de enseñar los procedimientos básicos para recolocar una lápida de piedra. Hay dos cosas importantes que recordar. Lo primero es asegurarse de la seguridad personal y lo segundo es no hacer daño a la lápida como tal. Estas son estructuras delicadas pero pesadas y se debe de ejercitar una gran cantidad de cuidado y ...

09/16/2011
Preservation Studies Summer Field School at Tulane
Student learns plastering from Tevis Vandergriff, a second generation master plasterer.
 

This summer, NCPTT, the Tulane School of Architecture, the Preservation Trades Network, and Save Our Cemeteries hosted training on treatments for above ground cemeteries damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Topics included masonry applications, preservation technology, limewash, appropriate treatments for tombs, and a history of the cemeteries of New Orleans. This video was produced by Tulane University.

08/07/2009
Preservation of Ornamental Iron
Ornamental Iron
 

NCPTT, in partnership with Monroe County History Center at Indiana University, will conduct a workshop focused on the techniques and knowledge needed to preserve ornamental ironwork in an architectural setting, October 7-8, 2011 in Bloomington, Ind..  The class will be split between classroom lectures and in the field hands-on activities. For more information contact Jason ...

08/11/2011
Preservation at Antietam
Mary Striegel
 

Mary Striegel and Jason Church conducted visits to the Antietam National Battlefield and the Harper’s Ferry Conservation Center immediately after the TELNPS course.

03/26/2007
Portland Cement Vs Historic Gravestones
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Portland Cement  Vs Historic Gravestones The precise historical origins of Portland Cement are very complex and beyond the scope of this abstract, however its beginnings can be traced back into the late 1700s.  It was not until 1878, that a standard ...

09/09/2011
Photogrammetric Documentation of Weathered and Damaged Headstones at the Cataraqui Cemetery,Kingston Ontario
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This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Photogrammetric Documentation of Weathered and Damaged Headstones at the Cataraqui Cemetery,Kingston Ontario by George Bevan and Alexander Gabov The Catarqui Cemetery in Kingston Ontario was incorporated on 10 August 1850 and contains the final resting place of Canada’s first Prime Minister, ...

08/13/2011
Phase 2 Comparative Study of Commercially Available Cleaners
Cleaning a monument
 

Jason Church began the second phase of this joint study with the National Cemetery Administration.

12/15/2006
Partnership studies environmentally friendly cleaner on historic monument
Misting heads apply water to the top of the Macomb Monument
 

NCPTT and the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) are partnering with the Veterans Administration’s National Cemetery Administration to complete cleaning treatment studies on the U.S. Arsenal Monument in Historic Congressional Cemetery. Based on research and training by NCPTT’s Jason Church, HPTC staff will undertake intermittent misting cleaning of the Arsenal Monument during November. This ...

11/13/2008
Our History Rests Here: Preservation and Restoration of Historic Cemeteries
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On September 20-21, 2012 NCPTT’s materials conservator Jason Church taught two cemetery monument conservation workshops as part of the Kentucky Heritage Council annual Historic Preservation Conference. Church’s contribution to the well attended and diverse annual conference was entitled “Our History Rests Here: Preservation and Restoration of Historic Cemeteries, Part 1 and Part 2″. The first day ...

10/31/2012
Ornamental Iron Workshop
Iron Fence and Ornamentation at St. Louis Cemetery #3
 

The purpose of this event was to educate people about the differences in cast and wrought iron and preservation/restoration methods for each type of material. This workshop proved useful to anyone who cares for historic buildings, parks, or cemeteries.

05/03/2009
NPI presents 2013 cemetery workshops
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The National Preservation Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. The 2013 National Preservation Institute seminar schedule is available online at www.npi.org. The 2013 NPI News Release includes the calendar and seminar descriptions www.npi.org/NewsRelease2013.pdf. Deadline to register: April 1, 2013 Scholarship applications accepted (see details ...

03/18/2013
Not Seeing the Cemetery for the Monuments: Understanding the Importance of Preservation Assessments
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Not Seeing the Cemetery for the Monuments: Understanding the Importance of Preservation Assessments by Michael Trinkley and Debi Hacker Often conservators develop what is known as “target fixation,” where they become so preoccupied with the monuments – and their treatment – ...

08/12/2011
New England Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop: October 7-9, 2008
NCPTT
 

$695 per participant. Topics Will Include: Condition Assessments, Conservation Ethics, Protection, Cleaning, Stone Loss Repairs, Bases and Resetting, Adhesion & Reinforced Repair, Consolidation.

04/23/2008
New England Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop
New London, CT
 

NCPTT and the City of New London will deliver the sixth annual New England Cemetery Monument Conservation workshop on October 7-9, 2008, in New London, Conn.

08/01/2008
NCPTT Research Presented at AIC
NCPTT
 

Jason Church and Stace Miller presented results of NCPTT research at the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation in Denver Colorado, April 21-24.

05/09/2008
NCPTT Provides Archeology Technical Assistance to Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
NCPTT
 

NCPTT recently provided technical assistance to the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport regarding concerns about the condition of several archeological copper objects associated with the Gahagan burials that were excavated in the 1930s.

02/04/2008
NCPTT Partners with HPTC
NCPTT
 

NCPTT has partnered with the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center to provide for the assessment, repair, and conservation of the Arsenal and Macomb Monuments located within Congressional Cemetery.

06/01/2007
NCPTT Installs FTIR Spectrometric Microscope to Analyze Cultural Materials
NCPTT
 

A new Perkin Elmer Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) spectrometric microscope was recently installed in the NCPTT research labs.

02/18/2008
NCPTT holds sixth Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop
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NCPTT’s held its sixth annual Cemetery Monument Conservation workshop October 7-9, 2008, in New London, Connecticut. Twenty-six registrants participated in a variety of hands-on sessions.

11/13/2008
NCPTT helps Girl Scouts earn Save Outdoor Sculpture patch
The Girl Scouts are still all smiles after 3 hours of scrubbing headstones.
 

NCPTT helps Girl Scouts earn Save Outdoor Sculpture patch   On Friday April 5th 24 Girl Scouts from Natchitoches’ Brownie Troop 462 and Junior Troop 1512 came to NCPTT to start their Save Outdoor Sculpture patch. The Save Outdoor Sculpture (SOS!) program is a nationwide effort to identify, document, and preserve America’s sculptural heritage. This long running ...

04/08/2013
NCPTT Held Cemetery Conservation Basics in Morris, IL
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NCPTT and the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office hosted a half-day Cemetery Monument Conservation Basics Workshop in Morris, Illinois. on May 17, 2008.

06/24/2008
NCPTT Consults on Repair of Tomb of the Unknowns
NCPTT
 

NCPTT is providing consultation to Arlington National Cemetery on maintenance and repair of the “Tomb of the Unknowns.”

03/03/2008
NCPTT completes Historic Congressional Cemetery Monuments Study
NCPTT Conservator Jason Church looks at deposits of gypsum crusts on the Macomb monument.
 

NCPTT researchers, in partnership with masonry experts from NPS Historic Preservation Training Center, recently completed a study to develop treatments for use on marble monuments in Historic Congressional Cemetery.

01/20/2009
NCPTT Cemetery Monument Basics Course on June 16, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas
NCPTT
 

Topics covered in the workshop include grave marker cleaning, basic resetting, materials identification, and ethical issues.

05/28/2007
NCPTT and Department of Veterans Affairs Continue Headstone Study
NCPTT
 

The Department of Veteran Affairs agreed to fund NCPTT’s two-year continuation of the comparative study of commercially available cleaners for use on federally issued headstones.

08/29/2007
Nationwide Monument Conservation at National Cemeteries: Planning, Management, and Treatment Implementation
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Nationwide Monument Conservation at National Cemeteries: Planning, Management, and Treatment Implementation by Sara Johnson There are 131 National Cemeteries across the United States that, in addition to the government-furnished headstones of soldiers and veterans, contain monuments commemorating various events, individuals, military ...

08/13/2011
Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit Poster Abstracts
Mary Striegel and Jennifer Mass discuss research at the poster session
 

This post outlines the contents of the poster presentations at the Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit which will be held from October 19-21, 2009 in Nashville, TN.

09/16/2009
Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit Abstracts and Video
Figure 1. This early 1900s image shows the historic character of Old North Cemetery. Initially focused on functionality, the character was enhanced over time as impressive tree plantings created a scenic, park‐like landscape. Courtesy City of Hartford Archives.
 

Schedule and abstracts for the Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit from October 19-21, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. Register before September 11, 2009 for $299 ($399 thereafter). Key sessions are expected to include Archeology, Mapping and Documentation, Landscapes, Engineering Challenges, Issues in National Cemeteries, and Materials Conservation.

04/20/2009
Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit
Cemetery
 

The Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit will be held October 19-21, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The program will feature contributed papers, a poster session, and an optional half day of field sessions and workshops.

08/31/2009
Modern Problems in Historic Cemeteries
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Modern Problems in Historic Cemeteries by Frances Ford Charleston is a well loved historic city and in no small part due to its lovely churchyards which sit next to its numerous houses of worship.  Known as the “Holy City,” over two ...

08/12/2011
Maintaining Leadworks for Cemetery Monuments and Mausolea
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Maintaining Leadworks for Cemetery Monuments and Mausolea by Angus “Gus” Fraser and David Gallagher Lead has traditionally been a widely available, durable, and versatile material used in several different forms in setting and maintaining cemetery memorials. Wedge lead, sheet lead, lead ...

08/13/2011
Made from My Own Hand: An Introduction to Concrete Grave Markers
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Made from My Own Hand: An Introduction to Concrete Grave Markers by  Gordon Bond and Stephanie M. Hoagland Walk through some urban cemeteries and out back, beyond the fancy marble gravestones and grand granite monuments, you may find much more personal ...

08/13/2011
Live Webcast – Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit
NCPTT
 

A live webcast of the Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit was streamed on October 19. 2009. View the webcast.

10/01/2009
Limpieza Básica para Monumentos (2007-01)
Jason Church, Conservador de Objetos, Programa de Investigacion de Materiales
 

Hola, en este video le estaremos enseñando los procedimientos básicos para limpiar lápidas de piedra. Hay dos cosas que se deben de recordar: lo primero es que siempre hay que asegurarse de la seguridad personal y lo segundo es no hacer daño a la lápida como tal.

09/15/2011
Lifting and Hoisting Stone Grave Markers Video
Catholic Cemetery in Natchitoches, La
 

Many fallen or sunken grave markers are too large or weigh too much to be reset by hand. For these markers a mechanical hoisting or lifting system must be used. There are many types of lifting systems in use from very complex cranes and truck mounted hydraulic booms to less complex gantries and tripod hoists. ...

03/21/2010
Learning from the Dead
NCPTT
 

Graveyards can be excellent resources for studying art, language, social and family history, cultural landscapes, and even the natural sciences.

07/25/2007
JRTC and Fort Polk Host Heritage Day Celebration
NCPTT
 

The Joint Readiness Training Center and Ft. Polk hosted their first Heritage Day Celebration on Nov. 3, 2007 at Ft. Polk, La.

11/26/2007
Iron Fencing Care Workshop in Bloomington, Indiana
End of the Day Group Photo
 

NCPTT, in partnership with Monroe County History Center at Indiana University, conducted a workshop focused on the techniques and knowledge needed to preserve ornamental ironwork in an architectural setting. This workshop begin with an opening lecture session at 6:30 p.m. by NCPTT’s Materials Conservator Jason Church on Friday, October 14th at the History Center in Bloomington, Indiana. ...

04/18/2012
Iron Fence Repair (2007-03)
Iron Fence Repair (2007-03)
 

Materials Conservator Jason Church demonstrates how to properly repair an iron fence.

12/31/2007
International Cemetery Preservation Summit
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  International Cemetery Preservation Summit Niagara Falls, New York April 8-10, 2014 NCPTT is pleased to announce a International Cemetery Preservation Summit, to be held April 8-10, 2014. The Summit will feature wide ranging preservation technologies to address the broad spectrum of issues found in cemeteries and other cultural heritage sites. View current call for Poster Abstracts Tuesday April 8, ...

08/12/2013
Interim Report on Commercially Available Cleaners for use on Federally issued Headstones
Jason Church positions the head of the Minolta colorimeter for measurements on a headstone in Alexandria National Cemetery. Photo by Mary Striegel
 

NCPTT and the Department of Veteran Affairs, National Cemetery Administration has released the interim report entitled, Comparative Study of Commercially Available Cleaners for use on Federally-issued Headstones.

06/09/2008
In Small Things Remembered: The William Peters Reeves Grave Memorial at Kenyon College
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. In Small Things Remembered: The William Peters Reeves Grave Memorial at Kenyon College by Dennis Montagna Professor William Peters Reeves chaired the English Department at Kenyon College for the first third of the 20th Century. He died in 1945 and was ...

08/13/2011
Identification of Unmarked Graves (2008-01)
Identification of Unmarked Graves (2008-01)
 

Near-surface geophysical techniques, including ground-penetrating radar, magnetometry, electrical resistivity, and electromagnetic conductivity, have become primary tools in the detection of unmarked human interments.

04/15/2009
Identification of Unmarked Graves
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A critical and long-standing challenge in the preservation field has been finding unmarked graves.

09/16/2008
Hurricane Recovery Cemetery Consultation
Flood water and gas fire in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Photo: FEMA.
 

NCPTT recently provided a daylong consultation with David Patterson and Brett Smith of Sipapu Cemetery Services.

10/27/2006
Historic Congressional Cemetery’s Arsenal and Macombe Monuments
Jason Church applies HCT to Macomb monument
 

Historic Congressional Cemetery’s Arsenal and Macombe Monuments have been the focus of NCPTT’s recent research into cleaning technologies for grave markers.

09/15/2008
Harriette Merrifield Forbes Award
NCPTT
 

NCPTT was awarded the Harriette Merrifield Forbes Award for its Cemetery Preservation Initiative.

07/24/2006
Handcrafted Gravemarkers of Julius “Jesse” Thomas
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Handcrafted Gravemarkers of Julius “Jesse” Thomas  by Anne Shelton The first time I saw the work of Julius “Jesse” Thomas was during a site visit near Penelope Texas, south of Dallas/Fort Worth, in 2006. Three gravemarkers, death years ranging from 1935 ...

08/13/2011
Fragile Grounds: Mapping South Louisiana’s Cemeteries
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Fragile Grounds: Mapping South Louisiana’s Cemeteries by Jessica H. Schexnayder and Mary H. Manhein South Louisiana’s cemeteries are a rich source of cultural history. Throughout its history, the state has boasted an impressive list of cultural groups. Cemeteries associated with Louisiana’s ...

08/13/2011
Finding Avondale: Remote Sensing for an Unmarked Cemetery in Difficult Subsurface Conditions
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Finding Avondale: Remote Sensing for an Unmarked Cemetery in Difficult Subsurface Conditions by Hugh B. Matternes and Valerie Davis One of the most challenging tasks for cemetery researchers is to positively identify the location of unmarked cemeteries.  In central Georgia the ...

08/12/2011
Evaluation of Commercially Available Cleaners on Federally Issued Headstones
NCPTT
 

The Department of Veteran Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, has entered into a new interagency agreement with NCPTT to continue the evaluation of commercially available cleaners for use on federally-issued headstones.

03/14/2008
Essentials in Cemetery Monument Care Available Online
NCPTT
 

NCPTT will make excerpts from its Jan. 30 Tel-Net course “Essentials in Cemetery Monument Care,” available online.

02/19/2007
Essentials in Cemetery Monument Care
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Materials Research Chief Mary Striegel and Materials Conservator Jason Church conduct a TEL NPS course “Essentials in Cemetery Monument Care” broadcast on January 30, 2007.

01/30/2007
Essentials for Cemetery Monument Care TelNPS
Metairie Cemetery
 

This course emphasizes sound maintenance techniques for cemetery and commemorative monuments that are sustainable, cyclic, non-invasive, and do no harm. The course will address documentation, maintenance plans, stone deterioration, cleaning, and resetting headstones.

03/09/2009
Down to Earth: Conservation Decision-Making for Historic Cemeteries
 

This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, April 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY. Down to Earth: Conservation Decision-Making for Historic Cemeteries by Katharine Untch Historic cemeteries can be as unique as the individuals who populate them. When faced with decisions on how best to preserve cemeteries, several complex factors impact how they are maintained ...

08/12/2011
Disaster Preparedness and Response for Historic Cemeteries
Tree down in cemetery after a windstorm.
 

Thank you for joining us today.  This is the second day of our webinars on disaster preparedness.  Thank you for those who are returning from yesterday and welcome to those that are coming for the first time.  Luckily, most of you know who NCPTT is, having gone to our web site and found out about ...

08/28/2013
Deadline: Call for Presentations for the Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit
Myles Bland and Debbie Smith apply a fill patch to a repaired stone. Photo: Jason Church.
 

NCPTT is soliciting oral and poster presentations that focus on research and innovation in cemetery conservation and preservation for the NCPTT’s Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit to be held in Nashville, Tenn., October 19-21, 2009.

03/31/2009
Cultural Resources Diversity Intern to Develop Oral Traditions Project
NCPTT
 

NCPTT has been granted a cultural diversity intern for summer 2008 through the NPS Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program.

03/28/2008
Conservation Consultation at Oakland Cemetery
Jason Church at Oakland Cemetery
 

The cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was officially opened 1847 and its fence and walls were added in 1905.

03/09/2007
Congressional Cemetery Comprehensive Condition Assessment Conducted
Irving Slavid and John Zito clamping marker
 

Mary Striegel and Jason Church of NCPTT conducted a comprehensive condition assessment and documentation of the Macomb and the U.S. Arsenal Monuments in Washington, DC’s, historic Congressional Cemetery.

07/09/2007
Comparative Study of Commercially Available Cleaners for Use on Federally-Issued Headstones
Jason Church positions the head of the Minolta colorimeter for measurements on a headstone in Alexandria National Cemetery. Photo by Mary Striegel
 

This report provides information and progress on the comparative study of commercially available cleaners for federally issued headstones.

10/20/2008
CMC Basics in Lake Geneva, WI
Cemetery Documentation
 

NCPTT, in partnership with the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office, will offer a cemetery monument conservation basics workshop May 2012, in Lake Geneva, Wisc.  The training is targeted to the nonprofessional, such as church sextons, genealogists, cemetery grounds workers, and family members. This one-day workshop will focus on cemetery documentation, condition assessment, master plans, and proper ...

08/11/2011
Cleaning and Resetting Headstones
NCPTT
 

NCPTT produced two five-minute video clips on proper techniques for cleaning and resetting cemetery headstones as companion pieces to its recent TELNPS course, “Essentials in Cemetery Monument Care.”

02/05/2007
Cleaning a Stone Grave Marker (2007-01)
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Materials Conservator Jason Church demonstrates how to properly clean a stone grave marker.

04/19/2007
Church Participates in Cemetery Preservation Planning at Saving Places 2008
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NCPTT’s Jason Church participated in a session on cemetery preservation planning and maintenance as part of Saving Places 2008, Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s annual historic preservation conference.

03/21/2008
Church Conducts Field Work on Comparitive Study of Commercially Available Cleaners for Headstones
Jason Church cleans a monument
 

NCPTT’s Jason Church conducted fieldwork as part of a comparative study of commercially available cleaners for use on federally issued headstones.

07/02/2007
Church Conducts Cemetery Site Visits
NCPTT
 

NCPTT’s Jason Church is conducting site visits in preparation for the 2008 Cemetery Monument Conservation Basics Course to be held in Morris, Illinois, in June and the 2008 Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop to be held in New London, Connecticut in October.

04/29/2008
Church and Morgan Represent NCPTT at Louisiana Preservation Alliance
NCPTT
 

Jason Church and David W. Morgan represented NCPTT at the Louisiana Preservation Alliance annual meeting, held May 5, 2007 in Monroe, Louisiana.

05/01/2007
Cenotaphs Preservation at Congressional Cemetery
NCPTT
 

On Feb. 1, NCPTT offered technical advice to the Historic Preservation Training Center about the cleaning and repair of 165 cenotaphs located in Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

03/23/2007
Cemetery TelNPS Courses in January 2008
NCPTT
 

NCPTT will hold two TelNPS courses in January. The Essentials in Cemetery Monument Care program will air on Jan. 17 from 1 to 3 EST.

01/08/2008
Cemetery TelNPS Courses Held in January
NCPTT
 

NCPTT held two TelNPS courses in January. The Essentials in Cemetery Monument Care program aired on Jan. 17 and featured cemetery and commemorative monument maintenance techniques that are sustainable, cyclic, non-invasive and do no harm.

02/07/2008
Cemetery Restoration Resources
Jason Church performs testing
 

There are many good resources for more information about cemetery preservation, including books, nonprofit organizations, and Internet sites.

03/04/2009
Cemetery Preservation Videos Available in Spanish
NCPTT
 

NCPTT recently released Spanish-language translations of its “Basic Stone Monument Cleaning” and “Basic Resetting Vol. 1″ instructional videos.

11/15/2007
Cemetery Preservation Training Expanded
Cemetery Monument Training
 

NCPTT is expanding its training in Cemetery Monument Conservation to three levels in 2006: Basic, Introductory, and Advanced.

04/10/2006
Cemetery Preservation Basics Workshop in Hot Springs Arkansas
Cemetery Basics Workshop 2007, Hot Springs, Arkansas
 

On September 29, NCPTT and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program held a Cemetery Preservation Basics Workshop in Hot Springs, Ark.

10/11/2007
Cemetery Monument Restoration Workshop at Crown Hill Cemetery
Cemetery Monument Restoration Workshop at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, indiana on June 4, 2010 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. $30 registration fee.
 

Cemetery Monument Restoration Workshop at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 4, 2010 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. $30 registration fee.

04/21/2010
Cemetery Monument Conservation Basics in Savannah, GA
NCPTT
 

On June 12-14, 2008, in Savannah, Georgia, NCPTT and the Georgia State Municipal Cemeteries Association will host a half-day Cemetery Monument Conservation Basics workshop.

05/20/2008
Cemetery Monument Conservation Basics
Cemetery Basics Workshop 2007, San Antonio, TX
 

Jason Church and Bianca Garcia conducted a Cemetery Monument Conservation Basics workshop at City Cemetery No. 1, San Antonio, Texas on June 16, 2007.

08/03/2007
Cemetery Landscape Preservation Workshop: September 16-17, 2008
NCPTT
 

NCPTT will hold its first Cemetery Landscape Preservation Workshop on Sept. 16-17, 2008, in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

06/20/2008
Cemetery Documentation
Cemetery Documentation
 

This webinar will cover the basics needed for Cemetery Documentation. The talk will run one hour of lecture with a following half hour for questions and answers. Topics covered in this talk will include an introduction to documentation surveys and forms followed by an overview of definitions general needed in cemetery documentation. Definitions covered are ...

02/28/2012
Cemetery Conservation Workshop in Pineville, Louisiana
Hands-on portion held at the Rapides Cemetery.
 

  NCPTT, in partnership with the Historical Association of Central Louisiana, will offer a cemetery monument conservation basics workshop April 20, 2013, in Pineville, Louisiana.  The training is targeted to the nonprofessional, such as church sextons, genealogists, cemetery grounds workers, and family members. The workshop registration is $20 per person, this price includes a box lunch. The ...

03/28/2013
Cemetery Conservation Workshop in Natchez, Mississippi
Natchez City Cemetery
 

NCPTT, in partnership with the Historic Natchez Foundation and Copiah-Lincoln Community College, will offer a cemetery monument conservation basics workshop December 1, 2012, in Natchez, Mississippi.  The training is targeted to the nonprofessional, such as church sextons, genealogists, cemetery grounds workers, and family members. The workshop registration is $25 per person, this price includes a ...

10/30/2012
Cemetery Conservation Workshop in Natchez, Mississippi
Instructor Jason Church cleans a marble headstone
 

On December 1, 2012 NCPTT’s materials conservator Jason Church taught a one day cemetery conservation workshop in Natchez, Mississippi. This workshop was the first of a series being developed by the  Historic Natchez Foundation with the  Copiah-Lincoln Community College.  Copiah-Lincoln Community College hopes this series of preservation related workshops will build interest in a developing ...

12/20/2012
Cemetery Conservation Workshop in Natchez, Mississippi
Participants clean marble headstone during the December workshop.
 

NCPTT, in partnership with the Historic Natchez Foundation  will offer a cemetery monument conservation basics workshop May 11, 2013, in Natchez, Mississippi.  The training is targeted to the nonprofessional, such as church sextons, genealogists, cemetery grounds workers, and family members. The workshop registration is $25 per person, this price includes a box lunch. The lecture portion ...

02/27/2013
Cemetery Conservation Workshop Held in Virginia City, NV
Jason Church at Silver Terrace Cemetery
 

The scenic Silver Terrace Cemetery was the setting for NCPTT’s Southwest Regional Cemetery Conservation Workshop held in Virginia City, Nev. Sept. 26-28, 2006.

11/15/2006
Cemetery Biological Growth Study Phase II Begins
Biological Growth and Commerical Cleaners
 

NCPTT is moving forward with the second phase of a two-year study to evaluate the effectiveness of commercial chemical cleaners for the removal of biological growth and dirt from federally issued headstones.

06/05/2006
Care and Preservation of Iron Fence Work
NCPTT
 

NCPTT has completed filming and production of a new video about the care and preservation of iron fence work found in cemeteries.

11/15/2007
Call for presentations, International Cemetery Preservation Summit
Participant of the 2009 Nationwide Cemetery Preservation Summit, in field session on dry ice dusting.
 

Call for presentations and posters, International Cemetery Preservation Summit NCPTT is soliciting oral and poster presentations that focus on research and innovation in cemetery conservation and preservation for the NCPTT’s International Cemetery Preservation Summit to be held in Niagara Falls, NY, October 8-10, 2013. Topics for presentation may include recent developments in technologies, unique treatments, and creative ...

02/13/2013
Caleb Johnson Joins NCPTT Materials Research Program as a Graduate Assistant
Caleb Johnson
 

Caleb Johnson recently joined NCPTT’s materials research program as a graduate assistant.

11/01/2007
Calculating the Weight of Stone
Crosses at Oakdale Cemetery Wilimington, NC
 

Calculating the Weight of Stone This is a guide intended to help anyone get the approximate weight of a stone without having to use a scale.  The only required tools are a calculator, tape measure, pencil, and paper.  Using the above tools allows the user to safely calculate weight prior to lifting stone with a hoist ...

12/18/2012
Best Practice Recommendations for Cleaning Government-Issued Marble Headstones
Jason Church demonstrates the proper technique for cleaning a marble headstone using a biocidal cleaner, water, and a soft bristle brush.
 

In 2004, the Department of Veteran Affairs National Cemetery Administration turned to NCPTT when it wanted advice on chemical cleaners for their marble headstones. This began and partnership and extensive research on the subject of commercially available cleaners for removing biological growth and general soiling from marble headstones. This week, NCPTT’s Mary Striegel reported the results ...

07/21/2011
Basics for Iron Fencing Care TelNPS
Conservator Bianca Garcia applies a finish coat during a fence restoration.
 

This course emphasizes sound maintenance technqiues for historic iron fences. These resources could be located around cemetery markers, commemorative monuments, or architectural features.

03/09/2009
African-American and Creole Traditions Surrounding Death in the Cane River Region
Pastor G. Stanley Lewis
 

The purpose of this project is to capture the traditions surrounding burial practices of African-American and Creole community members in the Cane River area to preserve this information for future generations.

09/22/2011
African American Burial Traditions in the Cane River Region
A.L. Wade and Sons Monument Company, Natchitoches, LA
 

NCPTT’s Cultural Diversity Intern, Candida D’Avanzo, is studying African American burial traditions in the Cane River region.

08/04/2008
Advising HPTC on Cleaning Cenotaphs
Dr. Striegel consults with HPTC
 

The work, which is funded by the National Cemetery Administration, began in Oct. 2006 and is expected to continue into FY 2008.

03/12/2007
3D Modeling of a Gravestone
Abate
 

This lecture was presented at the 3D Digital Documentation Summit held July 10-12, 2012 at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA 3D Modeling of a Gravestone Exploiting Low Cost Range and Image Based Techniques Inside the Medieval Museum of the city of Bologna are housed a series of gravestones which originally adorned the tombs of the Doctors belonging ...

04/18/2013
2013 International Cemetery Preservation Summit
 

NCPTT, in partnership with the Canadian Ministry of Culture, will host a two and a half day conference in Niagra Falls, NY-Ontario, Canada, July 2012.  The conference will include oral presentations, posters, and a half-day field session on the conservation of all aspects of cemetery care and conservation. The conference is open to conservation professionals, ...

08/11/2011
2008 Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop
View of the Antientest Burial Ground, New London, Connecticut
 

NCPTT and the City of New London, Conn., will present the sixth annual Cemetery Monument Conservation workshop on October 7-9, 2008.

09/15/2008
2007 Southeast Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop
NCPTT
 

$695 per person. October 23-25, 2007.

07/10/2007
2007 Southeast Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop
St. Michaels Cemetery
 

NCPTT and the University of West Florida will host the Southeast Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop on October 23-25 at St. Michaels Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.

09/05/2007
2007 Cemetery Monument Conservation Photos
Myles Bland and Debbie Smith apply a fill patch to a repaired stone. Photo: Jason Church.
 

NCPTT held the Southeast Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop at St. Michaels Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida on October 23-25, 2007.

01/08/2008
2007 Cemetery Monument Conservation Basics Workshop: San Antonio
NCPTT
 

San Antonio, TX · June 16, 2007. 9:00AM to 12:00 PM.

05/18/2007

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