Gravestone Restoration and Cleaning Workshop at Historic St Agnes Cemetery

Posted on April 8, 2017 by Jennifer Mele under Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

(This workshop is full, registrations are no longer being accepted)

Old burial grounds need your help. This hands-on gravestone restoration and cleaning workshop will teach you how to safely clean, epoxy and mortar marble gravestones dating from the mid-19th century. Participants will learn how to handle proper cleaning agents and materials to reset and secure stones that memorialize people who have long been forgotten. The goal of this workshop is to educate cemetery enthusiasts in the art of gravestone restoration and preservation using best practices defined by the Association of Gravestone Studies.

Joe Ferrannini of Grave Stone Matters has made simple to complex repairs to thousands of old monuments in his decades-long career as a professional cemetery preservationist. Learn from the master in a beautiful, Victorian era cemetery. This workshop is completely hands-on. Dress appropriately to work outside. Bring gloves (and a garden kneeler if needed) as we will be working with special epoxy and mortars to make repairs. All tools and materials are included. (Tents will be provided if necessary.) Please bring your own lunch or we will order from a local deli (not included in course fee.) This fun, informative and relaxing workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10am – 3pm
Historic St. Agnes Cemetery
48 Cemetery Ave. Menands, 12204

Course fee of $55. includes the $45 materials fee.

Click here to register through Hudson Valley, or contact Kelly at 518-350-7679.

2 thoughts on “Gravestone Restoration and Cleaning Workshop at Historic St Agnes Cemetery

  1. Amy Saunders says:

    Hello there. It’s been ages since I last visited my great grandmother’s grave and I was recently informed that her headstone is sadly in poor condition. I’d like to thank you for letting us know that using the right cleaning chemicals could prolong the lifespan of the headstones too. I’ll keep this tip in mind so the structure can be restored properly soon.

    1. Jennifer Mele says:

      Thank you for caring for your family’s gravestone. Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of assistance.

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