Graveyard Preservation Primer

ISBN-10: 0759122423

ISBN-13: 9780759122420

Edition: 2nd 2013

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A Graveyard Preservation Primer has proven itself to be a time-tested resource for those who are seeking information regarding the protection and preservation of historic graveyards. It was first written to help stewards of early burial grounds responsibly and effectively preserve their graveyards. Much information found in the first edition of the book remains valid today. Still, much has changed in the twenty-five years since its first publication, and the new edition reflects these changes. Attitudes and the understanding of historic graveyards as an important cultural resource have grown and developed over the years. Likewise, changes in treatments have also taken place. Perhaps the most dramatic change in burial ground preservation is in the world of technology. Changes in computers and the way we use them have also changed preservation practices in historic graveyards. Discussion of technological changes in the new edition includes those in mapping, surveying, photography, archaeology, and other areas of evaluation and planning. Consideration is given, too, to maintenance and conservation treatments, including both traditional and newer treatments for stone, concrete, and metals. Metals were not discussed in the earlier editions, and protection and preservation of the landscape as it relates to graveyards is an expanded focus of this book. The historic preservation of cemeteries and burial grounds is an aspect within the discipline of historic preservation that is unknown to many. Those whose responsibility is the care of these historic sites may be unfamiliar with appropriate approaches to such areas as documentation, planning, maintenance, and conservation. Unwitting personnel can do irreparable harm to these important cultural resources. The Primer is an effort to protect historic cultural resources by breaching the gap between maintenance staff, cemetery boards, friends groups, and graveyard preservation professionals by offering readily available, responsible information regarding graveyard protection and preservation. It is also designed to assist those who would undertake a preservation project in the reclaiming of a neglected or abandoned historic cemetery. The book is generously illustrated with diagrams and photos illustrating procedures and gravemarker and graveyard forms, styles, and materials. The appendix section is completely updated and expanded, offering a worthwhile resource in itself.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of Figures
Foreword
Preface
Assessing the Problem
The Importance of Early Graveyards
A Few Definitions
Organizational Concerns
Developing a Plan
Working with Volunteers
Public Awareness
Security
Graveyards as an Educational Tool
A Word about Funding
Documentation and Research
Documenting the Graveyard
Research
Surveys
Site Management Plan
Mapping the Graveyard
Archaeology
Conservation Issues
Safety Note
Cleaning and Maintaining the Site
Landscaping
Finding a Gravemarker Conservation Professional
Stone in Graveyards
Brick and Stone Box Tombs and Vaults
Metals
A Question of Ethics
Observing Respect
Maintaining Historic Integrity
Gravestone Rubbing
Removal of Gravestones
Appendices
Sample Gravestone Rubbing Regulations
Sample Cemetery Survey Forms
Sample Individual Marker Assessment Form
Sample Vegetation Survey Form
Ironwork Assessment Worksheet
Sample Cemetery Legislation
Consultants, Conservators, and Carvers
Glossary
Sources of Additional Information
Index
About the Author
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