Gravestone Preservation Pre-Event Workshop

Led by Jason Church, Moss Rudley, Rusty Brenner & Jon Appell

Date: October 23-24, 2018 

Location: Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery

515 South Market St. Frederick, Maryland

Cost: $200

Day 1:  Basic Gravestone Conservation will focus on all aspects of gravestone and cemetery monument repair and preservation.


Day 2: Historic Mortars, Infill & Composite Stone Patching, Consolidation of Stone, and Water Repellants will relate to all historic masonry preservation, and is not limited to applications in graveyards and cemeteries


Each day will have an entirely different focus, and the content will not repeat.

Participants are welcome to attend either or both days.

Day 1, Basic Gravestone & Cemetery Monument Conservation


Topics to be covered will include:


-Basic geology relating to gravestones and monuments           

-Typical gravestone, monument & marker styles and common problems associated

-Basic stone cleaning, for slate, marble, sandstone, granite and stone masonry

-Raising, re-leveling and re-setting gravestones & Monuments

-How to repair fallen gravestones

-Repairing fractured gravestones and monuments

-Stone epoxies, pros and cons and proper mixing and application

Day 2: Historic Mortars, Infill & Composite Stone Patching, Consolidation and Stone Strengthening, Water Repellants


Topics to be covered will include:


-Mortars, a brief historic overview, lime & NHL mortars,

-Problems with Portland cement relating to gravestones, & historic masonry structures

-Infilling, creating cementitious repair mortars, color matching and application

-Granite Composite repair materials, creating, pigmentation and application

-Stone Cleaning, philosophy, problems with over cleaning, alternative techniques

-Historical overview & problems associated with sealing historic stone & masonry

-Consolidation and water repellants, pros, cons and application procedures

Workshop Logistics:


-Each attendant will receive a folder of printed materials.

-Lunch will be provided on each day.

-The workshop will be a hands on, interactive event. This means that all who attend are welcome to help perform the work, photograph, or just watch.

-You are welcome to tape, photograph or video the workshop as desired, for your personal or non- profit group applications.

-All tools and materials are provided.

-Please dress for working outdoors.



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