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November Cemetery Preservation Workshop in Wharton County, TX

Historic Wharton Cemetery in Texas

Historic Wharton Cemetery in Texas

The Wharton County Historical Commission will host a Cemetery Preservation Workshop on Friday, November 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Wharton, Texas.  Registration and fee required for Saturday’s hands-on cemetery preservation workshop.

On Friday evening, James “Rusty” Brenner, owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC (on Facebook here) and Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC (on Facebook here), will give an overview of his work preserving and restoring historic cemeteries. This is an informational presentation, and it is free and does not require registration.

Then on Saturday at Wharton Cemetery, Rusty will lead a hands-on cemetery preservation workshop teaching basic preservation techniques for cleaning, repairing, resetting, and levelling gravestones and monuments. The day will begin with a walking tour of the cemetery discussing the significance of designs, materials, and common preservation issues for historic cemeteries.

Attendance on Saturday is limited to 50 people. Attendees will meet at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 325 N. East Avenue, Wharton, TX for both events. Lunch will be catered by Reyna’s. On Saturday, participants are encouraged to wear closed toed shoes (no flip-flops) and sunscreen or a hat.

The Saturday workshop fee is $45. To register for the workshop, or for more information, contact Pat Blair at (979) 532-8023 or email Pat at rblairpatm@gmail.com.

D/2 Biological Solution will be available for purchase either day of the workshop (without the cost of shipping).

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The Wharton County Historical Commission assists the local commissioners’ court and the Texas Historical Commission in its mission is to protect, preserve, and promote the Wharton County’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations.

Moscow Cemetery Hands-On Preservation Workshop October 8th in Prescott, AR

moscow-cemetery-ar-4-10-2016The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will host two free cemetery preservation workshops this October in the towns of Prescott and Lamar, Arkansas.

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the first cemetery preservation workshop will be held near Prescott, Arkansas, at the Moscow Cemetery located at the junction of Nevada County Roads 23 and 260.  James “Rusty” Brenner of Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC (on Facebook here) and Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC (on Facebook here) will lead the hands-on workshop and cover topics including cleaning, repairing, resetting, and leveling gravestones as well as information on suitable cleaning products and preservation techniques.  In addition, Dr. Victor Ford, director of the Southwest Research and Extension Service in Hope, will speak during the lunch hour on the topic of eliminating privet hedges, an invasive, non-native plant that is all too common in Arkansas.moscow-cemetery-ar-1-10-2016

Moscow Cemetery, Prescott, AR

Moscow Cemetery, Prescott, AR

In addition, on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a cemetery preservation workshop will be held at Brown Cemetery on Arkansas Highway 359, near Lamar, Arkansas. Monuments conservator, Jonathan Appell, will lead the workshop.  In addition, Appell will also speak on cemetery preservation at the Johnson County Historical Society at 131 Main Street in Clarksville at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Registration is limited to 40 people per workshop, and lunch will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring knee pads, gloves and hats.

To register for a workshop, or for more information, contact Holly Hope at (501) 324-9880, snail mail Holly at 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, or send an e-mail message to Holly at holly.hope@arkansas.gov.

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering, and preserving Arkansas’ cultural resources.  You can find the AHPP on Facebook here.

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“Bringing it Back”- Cemetery Maintenance & Safety Workshop in Rison, AR on September 29th

On Thursday, September 29th, 2016, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service & Arkansas Historic Preservation Program are co-hosting a free Cemetery Maintenance and Safety Workshop to be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Rowell Cemetery, Highway 63, Rison, AR 71665, next to the Center Missionary Baptist Church.

James “Rusty” Brenner of Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC and Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC will lead the hands-on workshop and cover topics including cleaning, repairing, resetting, and leveling gravestones as well as information on suitable cleaning products and preservation techniques.

Holly Hope, Special Projects Historian for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, will speak on cemetery landscaping, safety, grant opportunities, and other cemetery issues.

Program Topics Include:

Walk & Talk: Best Practices for Maintaining and Surveying Cemeteries

Proper Cleaning & Repair Materials for Headstones

New Cemetery Grant Opportunities

Hands-On Methods at Cemetery Site (Landscaping/Tools/Materials)

Fire Ant Abatement Tips

There is no charge to attend but the hosts request that you RSVP to the Cleveland County Extension Service Office at 870-325-6321 so that materials will be available for each attendee. Refreshments will be served.

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Twilight Cemetery Tour & Gravestone Care Workshop October 1st in Marshall, TX

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“O Death Where Is Thy Sting? O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?” Greenwood Cemetery, Marshall, TX

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James F. Starr and Clara Clapp Starr Gravestone, Marshall, TX

The Texas Historical Commission and Starr Family Home State Historic Site invites you to a very special Gravestone Care Workshop and Twilight Cemetery Tour in the historic Greenwood Cemetery in Marshall, Texas, on October 1, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Come and learn how to properly clean and care for gravestones with James “Rusty” Brenner, owner and craftsperson of Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC and Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC.

The event will begin with hands-on demonstrations and discussions of cemetery preservation lead by cemetery conservator, James “Rusty” Brenner.  Then stay for a twilight tour of the historic Greenwood Cemetery.  The workshop and tour are both free and will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Greenwood Cemetery is located behind ETBU, at the intersection of East Avenue and One Tiger Drive in Marshall, TX.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Starr Family Home State Historic Site at 903-935-3044, or starr-family-home@thc.texas.gov.

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Hattie & Baby Monument, Marshall, TX

 

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 lichen & algae on a historic monument can be aesthetically pleasing, so the first question is why even clean the monument?   The simple answer is that the mold, mildew, algae, & lichens 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.

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.

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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.

 

Tombstone Mysteries: Solve ‘Em & Save ‘Em

Love old cemeteries? We do too! Tombstone Mysteries Flier 2016

Join us for Tombstone Mysteries, a fun and free volunteer event, to help restore historic areas of Plano Mutual Cemetery!

Tombstone Mysteries: Solve ‘Em & Save ‘Em will take place Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Plano Mutual Cemetery, 2128 18th St. in Plano, Texas (corner of Jupiter & 18th St).

Help clean decaying tombstones, take a “History Mystery” tour of society leaders, settlers, and sinners’ burial sites, or place flowers at soldiers’ graves.  Great opportunity for adults, teens, youth groups, or children ages 8 or above accompanied by a parent.

Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC will offer hands-on training to volunteers at Tombstone Mysteries, so the whole family can join in an interactive experience to save history! 

Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC is proud to donate D/2 Biological Solution to clean veterans’ monuments.

Click here to register for Tombstone Mysteries

and become part of history!

Saturday, April 16, from 10 am to Noon

FREE t-shirts first 100 participants – first come, first serveRegister Now - Only 100 spots left!

Organized by: The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation

Funded by a grant from: City of Plano Heritage Commission

Special appreciation to: Plano Mutual Cemetery Board of Directors,

City of Plano Library, Volunteer, and Arts, Culture & Heritage Departments,

Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC and Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC

View the video below for highlights from last year’s Tombstone Mysteries!

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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.

 

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Hosted by: Kaufman County Historical Commission

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

Sponsored by: Friends of Kaufman County Historical Commission

 

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