Thursday, October 6, 2011
The City of Palatka provided a beautiful classroom in the Price Martin House, access to the historicWest View cemetery, and the help of city cemetery personnel and volunteers who also attended the workshop. Twenty participants attended including city personnel, cemetery volunteers and teachers.
|Opening Comments by Sarah Miller|
|Human Burials and the Law by Dr. Rachel Wentz|
Sarah introduced cemeteries as cultural resources and best practices for managing and preserving historic cemeteries.
|Adding Cemeteries to the FMSF by Toni Wallace|
|Amber Grafft-Weiss discusses GPR and finding cemetery boundaries|
|Christy Sanford points out the final resting places of some notable figures including Florida's first governor|
|Sarah Miller offers a wholistic approach to cemetery care|
|Mary Miller and another participant carefully note cemetery conditions|
|They saw a variety of markers and got a glimpse of headstones in need of some loving care|
The workshop's culminating activity allowed participants to gain hands-on experience cleaning headstones with a solution of D-2. D-2 has been tested and deemed safe and effective in cleaning headstones. The participants jumped right into the task and did a great job. Eleven markers were cleaned. Cleaning is a simple process. Using D-2 and a soft-brisled brush, markers can be cleaned in a way that will not harm them in the long run.
|Sarah briefs participants on proper cleaning prodedures|
|Participants clean markers with D-2|