A Graveyard Preservation Primer

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This slender volume encapsulates more information on graveyard preservation than any other restoration guidebook available. Packed with effective methods of maintenance and repair, "A Graveyard Preservation Primer" will help you restore and prolong the life of the stones in your care. Numerous photos and illustrations further clarify and demonstrate different problems and remedies for the beginning preservationist. Strangstad, who is familiar with historic yards from Halifax to Savannah, provides a step-by-step guidebook that is an indispensable reference tool for anyone interested in graveyard preservation.
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Editorial Reviews

Linda Kennedy
An excellent tool for those working to restore and/or preserve cemeteries whether a small family project or a larger more involved project. This book should be considered a necessary reference guide for anyone contemplating a cemetery restoration project since many problems are addressed.
Sharyn Thompson
Lynette Strangstad's A Graveyard Preservation Primer set the standard for the field of cemetery studies twenty-five years ago. Her information about conservation techniques was essential for those of us who sought guidance in this new discipline. The second edition of the Primer provides material regarding preservation technologies that have been recently introduced, and also addresses the myriad new methods for documentation of historic burial sites. The development of GPS, computer programs and digital photography have advanced the accuracy and efficiency of survey and recordation — and as usual, Strangstad leads the way in telling us how to do it.
Richard Meyer
Anyone interested in the restoration and preservation of historic burial grounds will enthusiastically welcome this greatly expanded and updated edition of Lynette Stangstad's classic Primer – an indispensable resource in harmony with 21st Century technology and scholarship.
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Meet the Author

Trained through the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Restoration Workshop, Lynette Strangstad has specialized in graveyard preservation since 1980. She has served as conservator, burial ground consultant, preservation planner, and speaker at sites throughout the United States and is nationally known for her work in burial ground preservation.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Chapter 1
Assessing the Problem
The Importance of Early Graveyards
A Few Definitions

Chapter 2
Organizational Concerns
Developing a Plan
Working with Volunteers
Public Awareness
Graveyards as an Educational Tool
A Word about Funding

Chapter 3
Documentation and Research
Documenting the Graveyard
Site Management Plan
Mapping the Graveyard

Chapter 4
Conservation Issues
Safety Note
Cleaning and Maintaining the Site
Finding a Gravemarker Conservation Professional
Stone in Graveyards
Brick and Stone Box Tombs and Vaults

Chapter 5
A Question of Ethics
Observing Respect
Maintaining Historic Integrity
Gravestone Rubbing
Removal of Gravestones

A. Sample Gravestone Rubbing Regulations
B. Sample Cemetery Survey Forms
C. S ample Individual Marker Assessment Form
D. Sample Vegetation Survey Form
E. Ironwork Assessment Worksheet
F. Sample Cemetery Legislation
G. Consultants, Conservators, and Carvers
Sources of Additional Information
About the Author

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