September 20-21, 2013

Sponsored by Historic Ithaca, Inc. and the Friends of the Ithaca City Cemetery

Learn about and apply common gravestone conservation treatments in Ithaca’s oldest cemetery!


Location: Ithaca City Cemetery, University Ave. Entrance

Dates: Friday, Sept. 20, 8:30AM to 5:00PM and Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:00AM to 1:00PM

Price: $200 per person for both days includes all materials, handouts and lunch on Friday. $40 for the abridged Saturday session only ($35 for Friends of Historic Ithaca and Friends of the Ithaca City Cemetery).

Instructor: Jonathan Appell, Stone Conservator,

Register Online or call Kristen Olson (607) 273-6633. Registration closes at midnight on Monday, September 16.

Learn to:

· Assess cemetery conditions and prioritize conservation needs

· Re-set leaning, sunken or fallen stones

· Rejoin broken tablets using stone epoxy

· Consolidate stone and replace eroded or lost stone with stone infill material

· Evaluate stones for stability and suitability for cleaning

Description: The most positive aspect of learning to conserve gravestones at a local cemetery is that during the course of the workshop a group of gravestones and monuments will be conserved, stabilized, and/or cleaned. Additionally, as we work directly on the grounds in which all of the most common conditions encountered will be discussed, conservation treatments will be conducted that are representative of what is most common in the local region.

Information will be distributed in the form of handouts, to further educate and inform attendees about best practices in conservation treatments and materials. The primary goal of the workshop is to educate attendees in professional gravestone conservation procedures and techniques.

The workshop begins with a walk and talk tour to survey existing conditions, including the oldest and most in need of conservation gravestones. This is an interactive tour, which overviews and prepares for the work to follow.

The gravestones and cemetery monuments selected for conservation with hands-on demonstrations will represent common preservation techniques, based on various conditions that are most often found in historic burying grounds.

The day-long workshop on Friday allows attendees to contribute and conduct many of the treatments. On Saturday, attendees are invited to return to the cemetery to undertake team projects in order to reinforce the lessons learned the day before, including re-setting and rejoining stones, and cleaning. Those attending the Saturday session only will received a more limited overview with opportunity for hands-on work.

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