Past workshop participant Margo Stringfield removes failed adhesive while making repairs to a marble grave marker

Location: Tolomato Cemetery, Saint Augustine, FL

Date:  April 1-2, 2011

Partner: University of Florida

Cost: $250 per participant

$200 for students with a valid college or university ID

Check can be made to; Cemetery Conservation Workshop/ NSU and mailed to NCPTT 645 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71457

Questions can be sent to;

Jason Church


645 University Parkway

Natchitoches, LA 71457

This two day cemetery workshop will focus on a variety of cemetery materials and conservation treatments. This includes proper cleaning, consolidation, and simple repair techniques for stone grave markers.  The class is limited to 20 participants to maximize hands-on opportunityso register early to avoid missing this workshop.

Workshop Day One Schedule
8:00AM 8:30AM    Registration
8:30AM 8:45AM     Introductions, Goals,and Objectives
8:45AM 9:05AM     Overview of Cemetery Materials and Preservation
9:05AM 9:25AM     Deterioration of Stone and Resulting Conditions
9:25AM 9:35AM     Questions
9:35AM 9:55AM     Break and refreshments
9:55AM 10:15AM   Ethics and Philosophy of Cemetery Conservation
10:15AM 10:35AM  Safety Overview
10:35AM 10:55AM  Condition Surveys & Setting Priorities
10:55AM 11:15AM  Cemetery Landscape Issues
11:15AM 11:30AM  Questions
11:30AM 1:00PM   Lunch  On Your Own
1:00PM 1:30PM     Overview of Cemetery
1:30PM 2:30PM     First Session Hands-on stations #1
2:30PM 3:30PM     First Session Hands-on stations #1
3:30PM 4:00PM     Break and refreshments
4:00PM 5:00PM    First Session Hands-on stations #1
5:00PM 6:00PM    First Session Hands-on stations #1
6:00PM 6:15PM     Wrap-up

First Session Treatment Stations:
Condition Surveys & Setting Priorities

Workshop Day Two Schedule

8:30AM 10:00AM Second Session Hands-on stations #1
10:00PM 10:30AM Break
10:30AM 12:00PM Second Session Hands-on stations #2
12:00PM 1:30PM Lunch
1:30AM 3:00PM Third Session Hands-on stations #1
3:00PM 3:30PM Break
3:30PM 5:00PM Third Session Hands-on stations #2
5:00PM 5:30PM Question & Answer Sessions

Second Session Treatment Stations:
Adhesion and Reinforced Repair
Third Session Treatment Stations:
Fills, Patching & Capping
“Putting it All Together…..”


Jason Church
Jason Church is a Materials Conservator in the Materials Conservation Program at NCPTT. Jason coordinates the Center’s national cemetery training initiative and related research. He was previously a conservator and historic metals expert for the City of Savannah, Ga., Department of Cemeteries. He earned his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

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