This video shows step by step how to use D/2 Biological Solution to clean a historic gravestone or monument. Sometimes the moss and mold on a historic monument can be aesthetically pleasing, so the first question is why even clean the monument? The simple answer is that the moss and mold are feeding on the stone and thus, actually destroying the monument. The next question to ask is whether the monument is in stable enough condition to clean. As you will learn in this video, the first rule of cemetery conservation and preservation is to do no harm. Enjoy! And let us know if you have follow-up questions.
Bear Creek Cemetery is celebrating the hard work including no few volunteer hours dedicated to cemetery and gravestone preservation. Since 2010, the Collin County Historical Commission has awarded Bear Creek Cemetery four grants for preservation of its historic cemetery. Bear Creek Cemetery utilized the grant money to fence the historic cemetery as well as to level and repair 42 gravestones. Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC performed the repair and restoration work on the historic gravestones. In addition, Empire Masonic Lodge 586 (Shawn Sutherland, David Stanfield, Joel Summers, Jeff Graham and Ed Engebretsen) volunteered by digging up the bases that support the grave markers in preparation for the repair and restoration of the markers, which helped to make the grant dollars go further and permit the repair of more grave markers.
According to the Bear Creek Cemetery website,
This cemetery was neglected for many years leaving several grave markers in need of repair. In 2011, Bear Creek Cemetery was awarded two grants. One grant was used to fence the south side of the cemetery. The other grant was used to level and repair grave markers in the cemetery in 2012. With this grant we focused on the largest stones that were in danger of falling. 23 grave markers were repaired. In 2012, Bear Creek Cemetery Foundation was awarded another grant to repair more grave markers in the cemetery. In March 2013, we were able to repair, level, and clean 19 more markers. These markers were very damaged and many were laying flat on the ground.
In addition, Boy Scout Troop 1814 from Nevada helped Bear Creek Cemetery safely clean most of the markers in the cemetery with D/2 Biological Solution.
Bear Creek Cemetery was designated a Texas Historic Cemetery in 2005. Bear Creek Cemetery is located two miles west of Nevada, Texas. There are a little over 180 marked graves, dating from 1873 to 1927. There are also a number of unmarked graves. The cemetery is currently maintained by the Bear Creek Cemetery Foundation with the help of volunteers and generous donors.
Bear Creek Cemetery reports that future projects include fencing the west and north sides of the cemetery, repairing more grave markers, and GPR (ground penetrating radar) to locate unmarked graves among other projects and is seeking donations to fund those efforts. A summary of the cemetery restoration and gravestone preservation projects can be found here. Bear Creek Cemetery asks that folks please consider making a donation to fund restoration and preservation of this historic cemetery. Bear Creek Cemetery will be celebrating all this hard work with a reception Saturday, April 27th.
Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC and Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC will be putting on a workshop on cemetery preservation in Mountain Home, Arkansas on April 20, 2013 hosted by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The following update is from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Enewsletter from March 2013. Also see the AHPP blog update for more information.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will host a free Cemetery Preservation workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Mountain Home Cemetery on East 11th Street in Mountain Home, Arkansas, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.
The free workshop will include hands-on training by James Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC on how to clean, re-set, and repair tombstones, as well as instructions on cemetery maintenance, suitable cleaning products, and proper techniques to use.
Registration for the workshop is limited to the first 40 people to sign up. To register, contact Holly Hope at (501) 324-9880, write her at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, or send an e-mail message to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.
Here is a link to a great video highlighting the importance of using a product like D/2 Biological Solution that is safe for historic monument preservation. This video was produced by the Houston Arts & Media group. Enjoy!
Title: Preservation of African American Cemeteries Annual Conference
Location: Creekmore Community Center, Forth Smith, Arkansas
Link out: Click here
Description: Archeologists, historians, genealogists, cemetery preservationists, church secretaries, funeral home directors, cemetery associations and those interested in learning the proper techniques in documenting, preserving, restoring, protecting and properly maintaining Arkansas cemeteries and gravesites will gather for a two day workshop.
We look forward to attending and speaking at this great workshop, as well as offering D/2 Biological Solution for sale!
Start Date: 2012-05-18
End Date: 2012-05-19
Title: Monument Builders of the Southwest Annual Conference
Location: Hilton Convention Center, Shreveport, Lousiana
Link out: Click here
Description: We will be speaking at the MBSW conference about historic monument preservation and we will have D/2 Biological Solution available for sale as well!
Start Date: 2012/06/14
End Date: 2012/06/16
As a monument conservator for over fifteen years, I have used many monument cleaners over the years. However, since 2007 I have exclusively used D/2 Biological Solution in my monument restoration business, Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC. Many people have asked me where they can purchase D/2 Biological Solution and until now it was not generally available to individuals or small cemeteries. I am pleased to now make D/2 Biological Solutions available for purchase in 5 gallon or 1 gallon sizes. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email with any questions.