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Introduction to the Care of Historic Cemeteries
North Carolina Preservation Consortium

North Carolina Preservation Consortium

July 22, 2016

Asheville, NC

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Introduction to the Care of Historic Cemeteries

NCPTT, North Carolina Preservation Consortium, and the Western Office of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will offer a one-day hands-on workshop for the basic care and maintenance for historic cemeteries. This class is open to the public on July 22, 2016 in Asheville, NC.

This workshop will begin with lectures in the morning before moving to historic Riverside Cemetery in the afternoon. Lectures will cover the basic steps of documenting historic cemeteries including survey forms and tips for successful photography. Topics will also include an introduction to establishing preservation priorities in an historic cemetery. The final lecture of the morning will focus on cleaning of stone monuments and overall cemetery care. There will be ample time for questions and answers. After lunch the workshop will move to Historic Riverside Cemetery and focus on hands-on cleaning of stone markers.

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Jason Church is a Materials Conservator in the Materials Conservation Program at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (National Park Service) on the campus of Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches. Jason divides his time between conducting in-house research, organizing various training events, and teaching hands-on conservation workshops. He earned his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Who Should Attend

This is an introductory course beneficial for cultural resources staff, trustees, genealogists, cemetery caretakers, grounds keepers, students in historic preservation, public history, and allied fields, and others interested in caring for a cemetery, whether you are doing the work yourself or working with a group to see that a site is maintained and preserved. No prior training or experience is required.

Please send an email to jason_church@contractor.nps.gov if you would like to request that a particular topic or challenge related to your specific site be covered.


The workshop will be held at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The morning session will begin at 9:30 am. The address is 176 Riceville Road, Asheville NC 28805. For driving, parking, and access assistance call 828-296-7230 ext. 221 or 222. After lunch the workshop will move to Riverside Cemetery located at 53 Birch St, Asheville NC 28801. The afternoon portion of the workshop will be from 1:30 to 4 pm.


The registration fee for this workshop is $50.00 for employees of NCPC member institutions and individual NCPC members, and $75.00 for non-members. The $75 fee includes a year-long individual membership. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To reserve a seat, fill out the online form at this SurveyMonkey link and then print, fill out, and mail the registration form with payment by check.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

This program may be cancelled due to low registration or other causes beyond our control, such as severe weather. In such an event, registrants will be notified and fees refunded. Otherwise, registration fees are nonrefundable. Substitution of staff from your institution is permitted.

North Carolina Preservation Consortium

The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) promotes the preservation of collections in libraries, museums, archives, and historic sites; monuments, memorials, and outdoor art; archaeological sites and collections; historic and cultural architecture; and private collections of family treasures. Our preservation mission addresses proper care and handling; storage and environmental control; disaster preparedness and recovery; the repair, reformatting and conservation of damaged items; and collection security.


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Asheville, NC United States
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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119