Gravestone Preservation Workshop at Harpers Cemetery
The exact scope of the workshop may vary depending on the most urgent and common needs but may include:
* Gravestone cleaning will be discussed, demonstrated and performed. If they are very fragile they can be harmed if cleaned aggressively. Safe cleaning techniques will be explained with options outlined for best product selection.
* Re-setting of a tablet-stone, which is badly leaning, and or in a sunken condition.
* We will disassemble and then re-construct a multi-piece monument. This will involve discussion on some material options. The process includes re-leveling the base stone, removal of all joining material, applying bonding materials, lowering upper element into base stone safely, and properly re-grading around the stone.
* The attendees will also learn how to join broken gravestone fragments together employing stone epoxy, clamping and bracing techniques and options.
* We will discuss the pros and cons of drilling and employing blind pinning.
* An overhead, lifting tripod will be employed. We will discuss slings and rigging options, and then rig and lift a large monument of some type, which is in need or re-setting due to being unstable for some reason, or one that is already fallen.
* We will also discuss and demonstrate the materials required, and the process involved in replacing eroded or lost stone with the use of a stone infill material. This includes preparation, application, curing of mortars, color matching, etc.
* The process and potential need for consolidation of weak and decayed gravestones will be explained. The problems associated with sealing historic gravestones will be covered.
This workshop received Federal funds from the National Park Service. Regulations Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally Assisted Programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Office of Equal of the U.S. Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005