AHPP Offers Free Cemetery Preservation Workshops

21-Sep-2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

FOR STATEWIDE RELEASE

AHPP TO HOST CEMETERY PRESERVATION PROGRAMS AT CANE HILL AND CATO

LITTLE ROCK–The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will host a free cemetery preservation lecture and hands-on cemetery preservation workshops in Cane Hill and Cato this fall, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

A free lecture by veteran gravestone conservator Jonathan Appell of West Hartford, Connecticut, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 23, at the A.R. Carroll Drug Store at 14327 South Highway 45 in Cane Hill. Appell will address the evolution of gravestone architecture in the U.S., gravestone materials and repair techniques.

Appell will lead the free workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, at the Cane Hill Cemetery, which is on Old Cane Hill Road just east of Highway 45. The workshop will focus on how to clean, re-set and repair tombstones, as well as instructions on cemetery maintenance, suitable cleaning products and proper techniques to use. Registration for the workshop is limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

Rusty Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration will lead a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, at the at the Cato Cemetery at 1500 Frenchman’s Mountain Road, which is about three miles west of Batesville Pike. Parking will be at the Cato Church. The workshop will focus on how to clean tombstones from 9 a.m. to noon and how to re-set and repair tombstones from 1 to 4 p.m. Brenner will also provide instructions on cemetery maintenance, suitable cleaning products and proper techniques to use. Registration for the workshop is limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

Lunch will be provided at both cemetery preservation workshops.

To register for the workshops, or for more information, contact Holly Hope at (501) 324-9880, write her at 323 Center St., Suite 1500, Little Rock, AR 72201, or send an e-mail message to her at [email protected].

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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