Source: Ohio Statehood Day is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 9a.m. to 1:30p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse! The Ohio History Connection has All of the Details! Advance Registration is Required – Deadline is February 20, 2018 to Register
If you live in the general vicinity of Pickaway County, Ohio and are looking for a great volunteer opportunity at a cemetery that truly needs help, please consider joining others who are planning on conducting clean up work at the Floral Hills Memory Gardens.
Contact Connie Little – 740-418-3525 for more information.
Photograph courtesy of Scott Andersen
Thanking Scott Andersen of the Greenfield Historical Society for sharing this photograph that he took and added to the Peter Johnson Barkley Find A Grave Memorial.
This gravestone was uncovered during the hands-on cemetery preservation workshop that was held June 25, 2016. It had been buried at the cemetery for many decades.
****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!
“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.”
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.
27 Miles Standish Drive
West Hartford, Connecticut 06107
Phone #: 860-558-2785
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