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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

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


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.

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 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.


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!

tombstone mysteries map