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Bold Pilgrim Cemetery Preservation Workshop April 30th in Morrilton, AR

Bold Pilgrim Cemetery Preservation Workshop

Bold Pilgrim Cemetery Preservation Workshop

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will host a free cemetery workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th at the Bold Pilgrim Cemetery, Morrilton, Arkansas.

James “Rusty” Brenner of Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC and Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC will teach the hands-on workshop focusing on how to clean, re-set, and repair tombstones. Registration is limited to 40 people. To register for the workshop or for more information, contact Holly Hope at holly@arkansasheritage.org or visit the AHPP website here.  The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources.  You can find the AHPP on Facebook here.

Arkansas Historic Preservaion Program

The Bold Pilgrim Cemetery is a fascinating cemetery with a rich history.  Click here for more information regarding the Bold Pilgrim Cemetery! According to the Bold Pilgrim Cemetery Preservation Association, Bold Pilgrim Cemetery:

 . . . has served the African American community of rural Conway County, Arkansas, since the late 1800s. Unlike many cemeteries of that era that were tied to specific churches, Bold Pilgrim was a community based cemetery and served members of many churches . . .  Bold Pilgrim Cemetery is located about seven miles northwest of Morrilton, Arkansas, in Conway County off State Highway 9 at the end of Bold Pilgrim Road.

[The cemetery is believed to contain] . . . 564 gravesites.  Ninety-six of the 564 graves within Bold Pilgrim are marked with commercial or homemade headstones that are still legible and document the date of death of the person interred.  The inscriptions on other gravestones have been obscured by age and/or the elements and cannot be deciphered.  A large number of graves are marked by simple sandstone field markers.  The remaining graves are visible only as depressions.  Commercial headstones are made of sandstone slabs, white marble, limestone, granite, fancy marble, and bronze World War I and II tablets.  Motifs on the decorated stones include the pointing finger, lamb, sheep, a flying dove, a carved marble stump, the cross, shepherd’s crook, and a star with the phrase ‘The Lord is my Shepherd.”  Commercial stone shapes include pedestals, carved rolls, triangles, semi-circular top bevels, and rectangles with and without bevels.  Stones for four women were provided by burial societies.  Three are from the Mosaic Templars of America.  The fourth is from the International Order of Twelve Knights and Daughters of Tabor.

 

Volunteer Opportunity at Chalmette National Cemetery!

The National Park Service, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with sponsorship from D/2 Biological Solution, is sponsoring this year’s Volunteer Month (March 7–April 1, 2016) at Chalmette National Cemetery in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.  This special National Cemetery is located less than an hour outside of New Orleans.  It contains headstones of American soldiers from the Civil War, Spanish American Wars, and the World Wars.

Volunteers are needed to document, realign, and clean headstones in the cemetery.  Hands-on training of all volunteers in gravestone restoration and preservation including cleaning and leveling will take place on site.  In fact, Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC and Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC craftsperson, James “Rusty” Brenner, will be onsite volunteering and training volunteers from March 14, 2016 through March 19, 2016 – we would love to see you out there!

Volunteer to Restore Gravestones in Chalmette National Cemetery

Volunteer to Restore Gravestones in Chalmette National Cemetery

If you can’t volunteer for the hands-on work, you can get involved by promoting this worthy cause on your website.  Please give this great cause a shout out on your social media or your blog!

Click here to sign up to volunteer, get more information, or to download a promotional kit!

Click here for a copy of the flier!

Thank you for getting involved to preserve the past and build the future.

We would love to see you from March 14, 2016-March 19, 2016 at Chalmette National Cemetery outside of New Orleans when we will be on site volunteering!  Let us know if you plan to be there.  Also, we would love to hear from you if you promote the event on your social media or blog or through your local historical or genealogical organization.

 

 

Kaufman County Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop to be held Sat., October 10, 2015

College Mound Historical Cemetery (Kaufman County, Texas)

College Mound Historical Cemetery (Kaufman County, Texas)

Kaufman County Historical Commission is hosting a Hands-On Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The workshop will be held in the historic College Mound Cemetery in Kaufman County, Texas, and will be led by James “Rusty” Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC.

The workshop will begin with a walking tour of the cemetery with explanations of the significance of some of the gravestones and then attendees will engage in hands-on learning of techniques for cleaning, leveling, and basic repair of gravestones.  D/2 Biological Solution will be used to clean the gravestones and will be available for purchase from Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC.  To reserve your D/2 Biological Solution in advance, contact Cemetery Preservation Supply at (214) 926-4175.

The fee for the workshop is $30.00 which includes lunch and refreshments.   Click here for the Cemetery Workshop Registration Form. Attendance is limited to 50 people.  Click here for the Cemetery Workshop flyer.  For more information, call 972-563-0709 or 469-376-4121 or e-mail jjlaywell@aol.com or kchc@kaufmancounty.netCollege Mound Cemetery is located on Hwy 429 about .07 miles south of  I-20 just east of Terrell, TX.

 

Kaufman County Historical Commission logo

Hosted by: Kaufman County Historical Commission

Presented by:  James “Rusty” Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC

Sponsored by: Friends of Kaufman County Historical Commission

 

Hands-on Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop to be held Sept. 26th in Liberty, Texas

The Liberty County Historical Commission invites you to a Hands-On Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop on Saturday, September 26th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  James “Rusty” Brenner, craftsperson and owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC, will lead the workshop first in a walking tour of the cemetery with explanations of significance of some of the gravestones and then in learning techniques for cleaning, leveling, and basic repair of gravestones.  D/2 Biological Solution will be available for purchase from Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC.  To reserve your D/2 in advance call (214) 926-4175.

The fee for the workshop is $30.00 which includes lunch and refreshments. Contact the Liberty County Historical Commission at lchc318@gmail.com or 936.334.5813 for more information. Attendance is limited to 50 people. The workshop attendees will meet at the Liberty County Historical Commission at 318 San Jacinto Street, Liberty, Texas.  Click here to visit the LCHC on Facebook.

Click here for the LCHC Cemetery Workshop Registration Form (Fillable PDF).

 

Hands-On Arkansas Cemetery Preservation Workshop, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Cato Historic Church & Cemetery

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Cato Historic Church & Cemetery  are hosting an autumn hands-on Cemetery Conservation Workshop and Training on Saturday November 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cato Cemetery at 14000 Frenchman’s Mountain Road, Sherwood, AR 72120 .  James “Rusty” Brenner, craftsperson and owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC will lead the workshop first in a walking tour of the cemetery with explanations of significance of some of the gravestones and then in learning techniques for cleaning, leveling, and basic repair of gravestones.  D/2 Biological Solution will be available for purchase from Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC.  To reserve your D/2 in advance call (214) 926-4175.

Registration is free but limited to the first 40 people, call or email Holly Hope, at (501) 324-9148 or holly@arkansasheritage.org to register!

Click here for Cato Cemetery Preservation Workshop Information!

 

How to Use D/2 Biological Solution to Clean a Gravestone

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 do no harm.

Enjoy!  And let us know if you any questions.

Click here to purchase D/2 Biological Solution or click here for more information on D/2 Biological Solution.

What is D/2 Biological Solution? 

It’s a non-hazardous and biodegradable cleaner designed to preserve historic structures and cemetery monuments used by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for our national cemeteries and extensively studied by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

Bear Creek Cemetery Celebrates Preservation of Historic Gravestones

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.

Gravestone Cleaning D/2 Biological Solution

Photo courtesy of Bear Creek Cemetery

 

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.

historic cemetery preservation and gravestone preservation

Photo Courtesy of Bear Creek Cemetery

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.

Cemetery Preservation Workshop Hosted by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

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 holly@arkansaspreservation.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.

 

With Respect: Preserving Historic Cemeteries

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!

Click here for Preserving Historic Cemeteries Video

 

Preservation of African American Cemeteries Annual Conference

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

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