2023 West Virginia Cemetery Documentation & Preservation Workshop Series
This workshop series teaches West Virginians the methods to locate & document cemeteries and acts to preserve the valuable history that cemeteries contain.
In the classroom portion of workshops, participants can look forward to learning:
- Appalachian burial/funerary history, culture and beliefs
- History of cemetery/burial ground we are using for fieldwork & why its important
- How to digitally document a cemetery using two different mobile application/websites (BillionGravesⓇ & Find a GraveⓇ)
- Do’s & Don’ts when taking pictures of gravestones/markers
- Basic gravestone/marker style identification (Military, obelisk, etc.)
- How to safely read “unreadable” stones-methods of reading worn stones
- Basic identification of traditional cemetery vegetation (what NOT to cut)
- Basic identification of gravestone/marker material types (i.e. marble, sandstone, slate, bronze, limestone, granite) & problems with each type
- Basic cleaning techniques (i.e. what to use/what NOT to use,etc)
- Basic “tools” for cleaning gravestones/markers
In the hands-on field experience portion of workshops, participants will:
- Learn how to use various digital applications to document graves in the field and do any troubleshooting
- Experience taking gravestone pictures, adding photos to memorials, mapping with GPS, adding memorials and corresponding information to mobile app, etc
- Identify different styles of markers/monuments in the cemetery
- Identify different types of traditional vegetation
- Identify different types of stones in the cemetery, if it is safe to clean them & how
- “Adopt” a gravestone and clean it with D2
- Clear vines/weeds/leaves from around/on stones so they can be documented correctly
- Utilize two different methods to read “unreadable” stones (mirror & D2)
Workshops are free, but registration is required and space is limited!
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This series is funded by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, and AmeriCorps.