Archibald M. Willard – There is Always Something New to Learn about this talented artist and his paintings. A good place to start learning is at the “Spirit of ’76” Museum in Wellington, Lorain County, Ohio

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 again leads U.S. in insurance claims for metal thefts | The Columbus Dispatch

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.

Source: Ohio again leads U.S. in insurance claims for metal thefts | The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio Attorney General’s office sues cemeteries over undelivered services

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.

Source: Ohio Attorney General’s office sues cemeteries over undelivered services

Sheep Pen Cemetery Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop – June 25, 2016 – 8:00a.m. to Dusk!

****Enrollment slots open!****

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“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. “

Click Here for Enrollment Information

(Photographs below courtesy of Scott Andersen)

***Below is the Noah McVay marker that Scott Andersen cleaned and reset***

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****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. 

It’s Spring & Summer is Coming — & so are Cemetery Preservation / Restoration Workshops – But Not All Hands-On Workshops are Alike!

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.    

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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.”

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These abrasive brushes shown below are harmful to gravestone surfaces and have no place at a cemetery workshop no matter who the instructor is! 

Spotlighting Jonathan Appell – Gravestone Conservator

“Jonathan Appell is a gravestone conservator and monumental mason, performing cemetery preservation planning and conservation projects throughout the United States. He conducts the vast majority of gravestone and cemetery monument preservation seminars held nationally, hands on training workshops to help towns, cities, churches, historical societies, cemeteries, and individuals gain knowledge and experience in all areas relating to gravestone and monument preservation, historic masonry preservation planning and stone conservation treatment techniques.

Jonathan has been working in fields relating to gravestones and monuments for well over 20 years. Prior to devoting himself exclusively to stone and historic masonry preservation, Jonathan attended violin making school, constructed cabinets, built houses and additions, as well as performed many other related trades.

He became a modern monument installer and cemetery contractor in 1986, and founded the New England Cemetery Service, performing excavation, foundations, monument installation and monument restoration.

During the early 1990s, Jonathan became increasingly involved with the preservation aspect of historic graveyards and cemeteries. He sought out and gained additional knowledge and training through all available sources, such as attending numerous workshops, conferences, studying sculpture and stone carving and through extensive travels and reading. He now owns and continually enlarges an extensive library including many rare books pertaining to all related subject matters; historic masonry & mortars, geology, sculpture, archeology, cemeteries, & ancient construction techniques.”

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Jonathan Appell has several cemetery preservation workshops scheduled for 2016 in western states.  

As he will be traveling through Ohio, he has some availabilty of time to hold a workshop in Ohio.  

If an organization wishes to schedule a hands-on cemetery preservation workshop conducted by Jonathan Appell, please contact him directly. 

Contact information:

Jonathan Appell

27 Miles Standish Drive

West Hartford, Connecticut 06107

Phone #: 860-558-2785

Email:  historicstone@msn.com

Gravestone Preservation Information from Jonathan Appell

Jonathan Appell, Monuments Conservator – Website

Gravestone Monument & Preservation Community Page on Facebook

“Saving Miss Emily”

Youtube Videos below:

Gravestone Conservation and Preservation

Portland Cement Vs Historic Gravestones by Jonathan Appell

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