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A blog about exploring almost forgotten gravesites in Ohio and preserving gravesites and gravestones.
Sharing from Cleveland.com a story and short video about the “Spirit of ’76” Museum located in historic downtown Wellington, Lorain County, Ohio.
It is personally heartwarming to read new articles written about this small but floor-to-ceiling, history-filled, southern Lorain County museum that largely focuses its collection on the life and art of native Ohioan, Archibald McNeal Willard, whose “Spirit of ’76” painting brought this once obscure artist noteworthy fame from near and far alike at the time of its public unveiling in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia that has endured into the 21st Century.
In 1999, I was asked by the Fayette County (Ohio) Genealogical Society to compile an account, a short biographical story, about Archibald M. Willard, who was at one point the mystery artist of the large murals inside the court house in Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio. One of the first places I visited was the “Spirit of ’76” Museum in Wellington. I highly recommend it to be your starting point as well if you wish to learn more about Archibald M. Willard and the artistic legacy he left us to admire and enjoy today. Thanking all who have preserved his works!
Ohio is again No. 1 in the country in insurance claims for the theft of cooper and other metals. But initiatives to crack down on such thefts in the state might be paying off.
The Ohio Attorney General’s office has sued two Ohio cemeteries, including one in Lewis Center, for failing to deliver headstones and other memorial items to consumers who paid for them.
****Enrollment slots open!****
“The Historical Society of Greenfield, Ohio, will host a Cemetery Preservation and Restoration Workshop on June 25, 2016, at the Sheep Pen Cemetery beginning at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until dusk (or as long as you can stay that day).
Conducting the workshop will be Gravestone Guardians of Ohio.
During the workshop you will learn the proper techniques of cemetery restoration and repair ~ identifying, cleaning & repairing grave markers. “
(Photographs below courtesy of Scott Andersen)
***Below is the Noah McVay marker that Scott Andersen cleaned and reset***
More Work Needs to be Done at the Sheep Pen Cemetery !
****Surnames at Sheep Pen Cemetery****
Aber, Barkley, Beals (Bales), Bennett, Best, Boyd, Brock, Crooks, Daugherty, Dick, Dorman, Geller, Goodwin, Irwin, Kelley, Limes, McVay, McWilliams, Penwell, Rogers, Roosa, Shepherd, and Yohn.
With Spring upon us and Summer on the horizon, we are reading about hands-on cemetery preservation (or cemetery restoration) workshops to be presented in Ohio and in neighboring states.
Please keep in mind that a workshop is only as worthwhile as the quality of the teaching by its instructor.
Gravestone cleaning methods always matter!
Below is a handy sheet to have on hand before attending a cemetery workshop that includes demonstrations and instructions on how to clean gravestones.
Remember that not every gravestone really needs to be cleaned in order to read its inscription!
Less is always more when it comes to gravestones.
***It is never appropriate or acceptable to use power tools on gravestones to clean them!**
“NCPTT does not advocate the use of power tools to clean headstones. The use of such tools can abrade and remove granules from weathered marble and limestone. We do not advocate grinding, re-lettering, or polishing headstones as this alters the original surface of the grave marker.
The company that makes Nyalox brushes compares their performance to wire brushes, which are much too harsh for a stone surface. Would you use a Nyalox brush on a power drill to clean the surface of your automobile? If not, then you would not use it to clean a grave marker.”
These abrasive brushes shown below are harmful to gravestone surfaces and have no place at a cemetery workshop no matter who the instructor is!