NCPTT held the Southeast Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop at St. Michaels Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida on October 23-25, 2007. Twenty five participants from twelve states and England attended the three day hands-on workshop geared to cemetery maintenance and management staff, monument builders, and preservation professionals. Ten expert instructors from around the country led the workshop in a small group round-robin format. The topics covered included condition assessments, conservation ethics, cleaning and consolidation techniques, adhesive repairs, patch and loss filling, and resetting.

This year’s special topic was the location of buried features and unmarked graves. Hands-on sessions were offered on the use of Ground Penetrating Radar, magnetometer, resistivity, and conductivity. At the end of the three days participants of the workshop left St. Michael’s Cemetery with further knowledge of cemetery conservation to take back to their home areas. The participants left behind ten newly conserved graves at St. Michaels.

Group Photo of the 2007 Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop. Photo: Mary Striegel,

Group Photo of the 2007 Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop. Photo: Mary Striegel,

Margo Stringfield leads a tour of historic St.Michael Cemetery, including the unique burial crypts. Photo: Jason Church.

Margo Stringfield leads a tour of historic St.Michael Cemetery, including the unique burial crypts. Photo: Jason Church.

Main entry gates of historic St. Michael's Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida. Photo: Jason Church.

Main entry gates of historic St. Michael's Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida. Photo: Jason Church.

Catherine Hayes applies epoxy to a break as instructor Martin Johnson and participants Lanie Swanson and Scott Field watch. Photo: Jason Church.

Catherine Hayes applies epoxy to a break as instructor Martin Johnson and participants Lanie Swanson and Scott Field watch. Photo: Jason Church.

Workshop participant Cindi Giametta applies a poultice to iron stained marble. Photo: Mary Striegel.

Workshop participant Cindi Giametta applies a poultice to iron stained marble. Photo: Mary Striegel.

Instructor Irving Slavid explains the principals of patch fills to participants Catherine Hayes, Scott Field and Walt Walters. Photo: Jason Church.

Instructor Irving Slavid explains the principals of patch fills to participants Catherine Hayes, Scott Field and Walt Walters. Photo: Jason Church.

A group of workshop participants do a conditions assessment exercise on a small mausoleum. Photo: Mary Striegel.

A group of workshop participants do a conditions assessment exercise on a small mausoleum. Photo: Mary Striegel.

Myles Bland and Debbie Smith apply a fill patch to a repaired stone. Photo: Jason Church.

Myles Bland and Debbie Smith apply a fill patch to a repaired stone. Photo: Jason Church.

Participant Peter Sullivan searches for hidden features using a Magnatometer. Photo: Jason Church.

Participant Peter Sullivan searches for hidden features using a Magnatometer. Photo: Jason Church.

Instructor Fran Gale looks at deterioration issues with participant James Johnson. Photo: Mary Striegel.

Instructor Fran Gale looks at deterioration issues with participant James Johnson. Photo: Mary Striegel.

Instructor Martin Johnson explains to Margo Stringfield how to remove failed mortar. Photo: Mary Striegel.

Instructor Martin Johnson explains to Margo Stringfield how to remove failed mortar. Photo: Mary Striegel.

Participant Stan Rogers helps instructor Karl Munson remove a stone for resetting. Photo: Jason Church.

Participant Stan Rogers helps instructor Karl Munson remove a stone for resetting. Photo: Jason Church.

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