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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Nov. 5-6 Workshop in Abingdon: Register Now!

Cemetery Conservation and Documentation Workshop

A workshop for cemetery owners, caretakers, non-profits, and volunteers, presented by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in partnership with Preservation Virginia.

November 5-6, 2010
Abingdon, VA
Friday, November 5, 2010
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lectures and Presentations

Location: Masonic Lodge, 325 W. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210

Topics include: Researching and Recording Historic Cemeteries, Cleaning and Conservation of Funerary Monuments, Mortuary Archaeology, Funerary Symbolism, Genealogy, and Virginia Burial Law

Saturday, November 6, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Hands-on Training

Location: Sinking Springs Cemetery, Abingdon, VA 24210

Topics include: Marker Condition Assessment, Review of Stone and Masonry Conservation and Cleaning,
Using DHR’s Cemetery Recording Form, and, Techniques for Photographing Historic Funerary Monuments, Identification of Symbols used on Markers

Register early! Spaces fill up quickly. Registration Fee is $25 for Friday only or $40 for both days. Saturday’s hands-on training is limited to 25 participants. Deadline for registration is October 29, 2010. No refunds after October 15, 2010. The Saturday workshop will be held rain or shine.

For registration information, please contact Dee DeRoche at (804) 367-2323 ext. 134.