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Monday, September 13, 2010

September 10-11 Workshop in Martinsville

Condition Issues and Conservation with Caitlin O'Grady
We held our second Cemetery Workshop in Martinsville on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11. The venue for the Friday portion of the workshop was graciously provided by the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Saturday hands-on session was at the lovely Oakwood Cemetery.

Friday morning, September 10, 2010 VMNH Classrooms
Elizabeth Moore (Moderator)
  • 10:00 – 10:10: Welcome: Joe Keiper (VMNH)
  • 10:10 – 10:20: Meeting Logistics, Elizabeth Moore (VMNH)
  • 10:20 – 10:30: Introduction, Mike Barber (DHR)
  • 10:30 – 11:00: Cemetery Iconography, Joanna Wilson (DHR)
  • 11:00 – 11:30: Cemetery Conservation, Caitlin O’Grady (DHR)
  • 11:30 – 12:00: Cemetery and Burial Laws, Joanna Wilson (DHR
  • 1:00 – 1:30: County-wide Cemetery Survey, Tom Klatka (DHR)
  • 1:30 – 2:00: DHR Cemetery Recording, Jolene Smith (DHR)
  • 2:00 – 2:30: Skeletal Forensics, Donna Boyd (Radford University)
  • 2:30 – 3:00: Genealogy / Family Histories, Ellen Brown (Community Archives of Southwest Virginia)
  • 3:15 – 4:00: Discussants / Discussion Mike Barber (DHR) / Elizabeth Moore (VMNH)

 Many thanks to Elizabeth Moore and the staff at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and members of the Martinsville Cemetery Association for a great workshop!

Click on the links above to view slide shows from selected presentations.

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