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Texas Disaster Response Workshop for Historic Cemeteries
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

February 8 - February 9, 2018

Corpus Christi, TX

| $35

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NCPTT, in partnership with Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) will offer a hands-on cemetery conservation workshop February 8-9, 2018. The training is targeted to professionals and nonprofessional alike, such as municipal city planners, cemetery managers, church sextons, cemetery grounds workers, and family members. The workshop registration is $35 per person for the two days and limited to 30 people, so please register early. Lunch each day is included in the registration. Registration can be found at Eventbrite.


This two day hands-on workshop will start with morning lectures at the La Retama Central Library (805 Comanche St). After lunch on the first day the workshop will move to the Old Bayview Cemetery (1150 Ramirez Street) Corpus Christi. Topics to be covered in this workshop are;

  • Before the Storm/Disaster Preparedness Plans
  • Safety in Cemeteries and After Disaster Reentry
  • Condition Surveys & Setting Priorities
  • Vegetation Hazards Before the Storm
  • Vegetation Removal
  • Emergency Stabilization of Markers
  • Stone Monument Cleaning
  • Monument Resetting
  • Adhesive Stone Repairs

This workshop is being sponsored by grants from the Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA). Organization is from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Texas Historical Commission, and FEMA.

The Official hotel for the workshop is;
Holiday Inn Marina
707 North Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401


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. And so Texas Cemetery Restoration was born.

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.

Joe Ferrannini is the proprietor of Grave Stone Matters and a cemetery conservator working with towns, historical societies, cemetery associations, and individuals to conserve their historic gravestones and monuments. He has worked in historic preservation of cemeteries and historic structures since 2003. He received his B.A. in History and Mathematics from State University of New York College at Potsdam in 1988. His specialties include rescuing abandoned cemeteries, assessments, mapping, documentation, resetting stones, repairing damages, in-filling losses, straightening, cleaning, and training workshops. Joe currently serves as the Vice-President of  the Association for Gravestone Studies.

Mark G. Kalbfleisch is owner and operator of Kalbfleisch and Sons Tree Service headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas which delivers complete tree care to the Coastal Bend area. Mark is a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). In addition to basic tree pruning, tree removal and stump grinding, some of the consulting services that Mark offers are: storm damage repair, pest and fungal diagnosis, root collar problems, fertilization, tree appraisal and tree assessments. Mark, a Corpus Christi native, graduate of Richard King High School and the University of Texas, has been married to Karen Suzanne for 22 years and have 6 children together.

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February 8, 2018 @ 8:30 AM
February 9, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
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Old Bayview Cemetery<br /><small>Corpus Christi</small>
West Broadway and Waco Streets, Corpus Christi, TX 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