We are excited to add a new class this season, “Historic Gravestone Preservation”. The endangered, “Old Baptist Cemetery”, here in Hannibal, Missouri, will be the hands-on training ground. This cemetery was founded in 1837 and has enslaved peoples, early settlers from Virginia and Kentucky, Civil War Veteran graves and of course a slew of Baptists
The class will be taught by Jonathan Appell who is one of the top gravestone conservators in the country. Jonathan is also a preservation mason and has been teaching for years. He delivers gravestone preservation & masonry preservation training workshops, as well as doing stone restoration projects across the US.
Jonathan is the Founder & President of Atlas Preservation, a monument and restoration product supply company. One of his recent projects was the conservation of the “Knights Tomb” in Jamestown, Virginia, one of the oldest gravestones in America. In 2020 he created the “48 State Tour”, which is currently being planned again for 2022.
Historic Gravestone Preservation Workshop Overview
The vast majority of the workshop will be conducted on the grounds of a nearby, historic and endangered “Old Baptist Cemetery”.
All of the most common conditions encountered in gravestone and monument conservation, will be discussed, and the associated conservation treatments will be performed.
Based on the educational goal of the workshop, an emphasis will be placed on describing all the actions as the treatments are being conducted. When there are multiple options to perform the repairs, varying options will be overviewed with an explanation on why we are moving forward with a specific treatment technique.
The objective is to first explain, then demonstrate, followed by encouraging the attendees to help perform the work as their confidence and skills increase throughout the event.
The following conservation treatments will be conducted:
The exact scope of the workshop is partially site specific, varying with the type of stones, and needs of the cemetery where the workshop is conducted.
* Gravestone cleaning will be discussed, demonstrated and performed. Gravestones can be fragile and easily damaged when cleaned with the wrong chemicals and or aggressively brushed or pressure washed. Safe cleaning techniques will be explained with options outlined for product selection.
* We will learn how to perform the re-setting of a tablet-stone, which may be in a badly leaning, and or sunken conditions.
* We will disassemble and then re-construct a multi-piece monument. This will involve discussion on material selection and options. The process includes re-leveling the base stone, removal of all joining material, applying bonding materials, lowering upper element into base stone safely to join the pieces structurally, and properly re-grading around the stone.
* The attendees will also learn how to join broken gravestone fragments together employing stone epoxy, clamping, and bracing techniques and options.
* We will discuss the pros and cons of drilling and employing blind pinning. Varying dowel materials will be overviewed.
* An overhead, lifting tripod will be employed. We will discuss slings and rigging options, and rig and lift monuments which are in need of re-setting due to either, having a high degree of lean, being unstable, or already fallen.
* We will also discuss and demonstrate the materials required, and the process involved in replacing eroded or lost stone with the use of a stone infill material. This includes preparation, application, curing of mortars, color matching, etc.
* The process and potential need for consolidation of weak and decayed gravestones will be explained. The problems associated with sealing stone will be explained in detail including the action of rising damp.
* The workshop will begin with a walk and talk tour to survey the existing conditions of the terrain, gravestones and monuments on the site. This is an interactive tour in which questions and discussion is encouraged.
This is a 3-day class with a limit of 12 students for this session and the tuition is $595. Pre-registration is required.
All skill levels are encouraged to attend. Potential students include: homeowners; students; contractors; building owners; city, county & state HP staff; not-for-profit housing organization staff; architects; masons; preservation commission members; cemetery caretaker/maintenance staff; museum house maintenance staff; anyone engaged in saving endangered cemeteries.
Tuition includes: fresh ground morning coffee and snacks; a home cooked lunch daily; a Certificate of Completion and access to backup materials.
Affordable motels as well as bed & breakfast inns are available for out-of-town students. Special lodging rates are also available here at the Belvedere Inn B & B, contact Pat at 217-799-6086 or email@example.com. For more workshop information or to pre-register call Bob Yapp, 217-474-6052 or email him, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 13, 14 & 15, 2022
The Belvedere Inn
521 Bird Street
Hannibal, Missouri 63401