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Gravestone Preservation Workshop

August 26 - August 28, 2019

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Utah State History presents the 1st Gravestone Preservation Workshop


This 3 day workshop will combine the basics of gravestone preservation and cleaning with hands-on training for resetting, repair and restoration. We have 2 professional monument conservators leading the workshop. Learn the proper preservation methods and techniques for gravestones.

(August 26th) there are 30 spots open to the public! This workshop will cover the basics of gravestone preservation and cleaning. The first half of the day will be in the classroom (Utah State Library) and the 2nd half of the day will be doing a hands-on cleaning at Salt Lake City Cemetery.

9:00 am – noon (classroom)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (field)

*No lunch provided

DAY 2 & 3
(August 27-28th) is open to those seeking more advanced skills. We will be in the field at Glenwood Cemetery (Park City, Utah) learning proper resetting and repair techniques. Because this is a hands-on workshop space is capped at 30 participants.

9:00am – 5:00pm

$200.00 for both days
*lunch is provided

Participants on Days 2 & 3 must attend Day 1 to order to be eligible.

Jason Church is a Materials Conservator in the Materials Conservation Program at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (National Park Service) in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Jason divides his time between conducting in-house research, organizing various training events, and teaching hands-on conservation workshops. Since 2005 he has conducted more than 100 lectures and hands-on training sessions for cemetery conservation. He earned his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. Jason currently serves as the chair of the Preservation Committee for the Association for Gravestone Studies.

James “Rusty” Brenner is the owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC. Rusty started in the monument preservation business while working at his father’s monument company in Crockett, Texas as a teenager. It was during this time that he fell in love with visiting old cemeteries, photographing old tombstones, and learning about the history of the people who settled this land and made it home. At nineteen years old, he decided that someone needed to preserve the beautiful monuments that memorialized our ancestors.

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August 26, 2019 @ 9:00 AM
August 28, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
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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