International Cemetery Preservation Summit

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NCPTT is pleased to announce a International Cemetery Preservation Summit, to be held April 8-10, 2014. The Summit will feature wide ranging preservation technologies to address the broad spectrum of issues found in cemeteries and other cultural heritage sites.

View current call for Poster Abstracts

Preliminary Schedule is subject to change, more talks will be added in the near future:

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Planning: “Down to Earth: Conservation Decision-Making for Historic Cemeteries“  by Katharine Untch
Planning: “Not Seeing the Cemetery for the Monuments: Understanding the Importance of Preservation Assessments” by Michael Trinkley and Debi Hacker
Archaeology: “The Cycle of Use, Neglect, and Renewal in Historic Family Cemeteries of Niagara, Ontario” by Catherine Paterson
Archaeology: “Finding Avondale: Remote Sensing for an Unmarked Cemetery in Difficult Subsurface Conditions” by Hugh B. Matternes and Valerie Davis
Landscapes: “Returning the Forest to Forest Lawn: Tree Planting Strategies for Historic Landscapes” by Matthew Quirey
Planning: “They Died in Rome: Preservation of an Active, Historic Cemetery for Foreigners” by Nicholas Stanley-Price
Materials I: “The Restoration Technology in the Russian Necropolis” by Julia Loginova and Anna Loshchenko
Materials I: “The Challenges of Treating Delaminating Slate Headstones: New Treatments with New Materials” by Irving Slavid
Materials I: “Modern Problems in Historic Cemeteries” by Frances Ford
Materials I: “Returning From Oblivion: The Reemergence of a World War II Memorial Sundial” by Minxie and James Fannin
Materials I: “Portland Cement Vs. Historic Gravestones” by Jonathan Appell
Materials I: “Red Jacket: Sculpture Conservation Treatment in Forest Lawn Cemetery” by Francis Miller

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Materials ll: “Maintaining Leadworks for Cemetery Monuments and Mausolea” by Angus “Gus” Fraser and David Gallagher
Design: “In Small Things Remembered: The William Peters Reeves Grave Memorial at Kenyon College” by Dennis Montagna
Materials II: “Made from My Own Hand: An Introduction to Concrete Grave Markers” by  Gordon Bond and Stephanie M. Hoagland
Materials II: “Handcrafted Gravemarkers of Julius “Jesse” Thomas  by Anne Shelton
Documentation: “Fragile Grounds: Mapping South Louisiana’s Cemeteries” by Jessica H. Schexnayder and Mary H. Manhien
Documentation: “Photogrammetric Documentation of Weathered and Damaged Headstones at the Cataraqui Cemetery,Kingston Ontario” by George Bevan and Alexander Gabov
Documentation: “Saving and Preserving Burial Grounds of Enslaved African Americans” by Sandra A. Arnold and Michael L. Blakey
National Cemeteries: “Reimagining August Bloedner’s 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument (1862)” by Sara Amy Leach
National Cemeteries: “Conserving the Nation’s Gravesite: Treatment of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery” by Debora Rodrigues and Amy Hollis
National Cemeteries: “The Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the Americas” by Captain Harry Harsh
National Cemeteries: “Nationwide Monument Conservation at National Cemeteries: Planning, Management, and Treatment Implementation” by Sara Johnson
National Cemeteries: “Confederates in the Cemetery:  Federal Benefits & Stewardship” by Elizabeth G. Heavrin and Sara Amy Leach

Poster Session from 10:30 until 12:00

Poster: “East Texas Markers’ Types, Motifs, and Styles – The Expanded Edition” by Dr. Perky Beisel
Poster: “Congressional Cemetery’s Not Kidding Around:Environmentally-Sensitive Invasive Plant Removal in a Historic Setting” by Margaret Puglisi
Poster: “National Cemeteries in the National Park System: Grave Markers and Cultural Landscape Preservation” by John Auwaerter
Poster: “Mississippi College Historic Preservation Program” by Tricia Nelson
Poster: “A Cost/Benefit Approach to Developing a High Return/Low Impact Treatment Program for an Inactive 18th-century Burial Ground” by Tom Riddolls
Poster: “Variation and Change in Coffin Styles at the Wrenn-Hutchison Cemetery” by Charles LeeDecker
Poster: “The North Carolina Cemetery Survey and Stewardship Program: A Practical Guide to Establishing a State-Level Preservation and Conservation Program” by Roderick Kevin Donald

Thursday April 10, 2014

Field Sessions will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery
Sessions will run from 8:00am until 12:00pm

Current Sessions;
Cemetery preservation tour with Matthew Quirey
Grout Injections with Frances Miller
Resetting Stacked Monuments with  Jonathan Appell
Demonstrations of the IBIX cleaning system with Jeff Paduano

More sessions and a possible Canadian location to be announced soon.


Who should attend this summit:

  • Cemetery Sextons
  • Cemetery Maintenance Staff
  • Archaeologists
  • Historic Landscape Architects
  • Conservators
  • Historic Preservation Students
  • Monument Builders
  • State and Local Historic Preservation Officers
  • And Overall Cemetery Enthusiasts

The program will feature contributed papers, a poster session, and an optional half day of field sessions and workshops.

Just Announced the Summit is now offering vendor registration. Limited vendor tables are available on a first come bases. If interested please contact Jason Church