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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.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program



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 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!


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.