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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.

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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

 

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!

 

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.

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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.

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

Monument Builders of the Southwest Annual Conference

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

Welcome to Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC

D/2 Biological Solution

D/2 Biological Solution

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.

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