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

For more information, check out the following:

Graveyard Preservation Primer

A Graveyard Preservation Primer by Lynn Strangstad. This book covers the
entire spectrum and includes surveying a cemetery to determine what most needs to
be repaired or restored, preparing a plan for a restoration project, documenting
data from and about the stones, cleaning, repairing and resetting stones.


The Association for Gravestone Studies was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering
study and preservation of gravestones. (413) 772-0836.



Save Our Cemeteries, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1974 to preserve, protect, and promote historic cemeteries of New Orleans. (504) 525-3377.


St. Louis Cemetery #1

Learn more about preservation efforts at St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans through the website:


This project is a joint effort by the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation Office of Cultural Development and Tourism, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Save Our Cemeteries, Inc., The Archdiocese of New Orleans, The Graduate School of Fine Arts University of Pennsylvania, The
School of Architecture Tulane University, and others.

Chicora Foundation

The Chicora Foundation, Inc. is located in Columbia, South Carolina and specializes in cemetery history and preservation. (803) 787-6910.


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8 Responses to Cemetery Restoration Resources

  1. Nancy Scheer says:

    I am trying to find the completed report that Jason Church did on the
    Headstone Cleaning in National Cemeteries. (after Jan 2010)
    What is the “final result” with the 3 products in the running: D2, Daybreak, & marble cleaner?
    PLEASE can someone help me with this?
    I am in a Cemetery group that cleans, repairs & levels headstones and we
    would very much like to know which is the best cleaner. We have been using
    D2 and found it very effective. However, we are interested in the results of
    Jason Church’s study to know if this is the best product to use.
    I would appreciate an answer.
    Thank you.
    Nancy Scheer
    FCCS (Franklin County Cemetery Socitey)
    Washington, MO 63090

    • To the best of my knowledge, the final report has not been released for publication. I’ve forwarded your request to Mary Striegel and Jason Church who can give you more detail on this project and maybe able to address the release date.

  2. Donna-Mae Bean says:

    I, too, would like to know the final outcome of the 2007 report regarding the study of D/2, Daybreak, & Marble Cleaner. My husband and I recently completed two “gravestone conservation” workshops presented in the State of Maine. One of those workshops was sponsored by AGS, and the other by a person who is also a member of the Board of Trustees for AGS. In both workshops, the leaders recommended the use of D/2. We would like to know which “cleaner” has been determined by NCPTT to be the safest for use on gravestones

  3. Sallie says:

    I am with the city of Hampton working on a 1600’s cemetery/burial ground where the first presumed African American born child is buried. The cemetery has been identified, but there are few monuments or points of reference to locate burial sites.

    Has anyone else worked on a project like this and could get in touch with me to start me on my journey to restore and honor those buried in this 2 acre burial area? Any help would be appreciated. Please email me at sallie@hamptoncvb.com. Thank you.

  4. Nancy Toth says:

    I was wondering if you knew of any resources in CT that could help us with gravestone restoration.

  5. Clarissa Ramirez says:

    I am trying to find out how I can get a grant to restore our military section at the cemetery. If someone can please provide me with any information I would appreciate it very much. Thank you C. Ramirez

    • Jason Church says:

      Dear Clarissa,
      Unfortunately, I am not aware of any grants for this. I would start by talking with your State Historic Preservation Office, then try your local VFW Hall. Good luck!

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