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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mark your Calendars for October 3-4, 2014

Save the date for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources' 10th (!!!) cemetery workshop hosted by the Menokin Foundation in Warsaw, VA on October 3-4, 2014. Details to be announced. To join the mailing list for information, contact Dee DeRoche.

Harrisonburg Workshop Recap

Dr. Carole Nash discussing her research and GPS mapping project at Newtown
The Harrisonburg workshop was a great success. We had a full house of very engaged participants. At the end of day one, we were treated to a tour of Newtown Cemetery, Harrisonburg's African American cemetery and the heart of the Newtown neighborhood. We could all feel the power of this place. Many thanks to the Friends of Newtown Cemetery, Dr. Carole Nash and her students at JMU, and the Massanutten chapter of the Archeological Society of Virginia for a truly wonderful event.
Joanna Wilson Green discussing Victorian funerary symbolism

Day two featured Woodbine Cemetery. You'll always find us in the Victorian section talking iconography!

Miss this workshop? The next one is scheduled for October 3-4, a bit further east at historic Menokin in Warsaw, VA. Stay tuned for more information.

Friday, April 18, 2014

UPDATE: WORKSHOP FULL! Register now for May 30-31 Cemetery Workshop in Harrisonburg, VA

Join us May 30 and 31 for a cemetery conservation and documentation workshop in Harrisonburg, VA. This workshop is geared toward individuals generally interested in historic cemeteries, genealogists, cemetery caretakers and landowners, land managers, and more.

Harrisonburg Community Mausoleum, Woodbine Cemetery
Come learn about how to identify and record marked and unmarked cemeteries, steps toward protection, laws affecting cemeteries, and best practices in marker preservation and conservation.

The fee for both days of the workshop is $60, or $40 for attending Friday’s session only. Participants, however, must attend Friday’s sessions in order to attend the Saturday workshop. Both days of the workshop will be held rain or shine.

To register, fill out this form and mail or email to Dee DeRoche. Registration/payment deadline is May 12.