Tomorrow repairs start at Howard Street Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts. If all goes to plan the gravestone of abolitionists Prince Farmer and Mary A Farmer will be upright and secured by clamps before what is left of Ida comes through tomorrow night. Through our unique skills, we get to show our admiration for Prince, Mary,… Continue reading On the eve of repairing The African American Section of Howard Street Cemetery in Salem, MA
Whether you like it or not, you are living through a time that others will be interested in in the future. You may want to record a history of your experience for your family or for your local historical society. You may want to record the answers of those in your household. If you write… Continue reading Keeping a Family History. Questions to Answer about the Pandemic
Cemeteries are beautiful places to reflect. If you spend enough time in cemeteries though, you are likely to see the occasional strange thing. From reports of enthusiastic nature to the supernatural, we asked cemetery enthusiasts and professionals "What is the strangest thing you have seen in a cemetery". These are their answers. JUDE VALENTINE "This… Continue reading What is the Strangest Thing You Have Ever Seen in a Cemetery? We asked both Cemetery Professionals and Enthusiasts.
Old graveyards have been falling into ruin for decades, some longer, but there is a resurgence of enthusiasm to save them. I think it is because of the increased interest in genealogy and our ability to share stories easily with one another. Whatever the reason, more and more people are taking an interest in preserving… Continue reading We Asked Both Cemetery Professionals and Enthusiasts, Why is Graveyard Preservation Important? This is what they said.
Graveyard restoration is satisfying work. It is not however easy work. So I want to help make it easier for you with a few tips to get you started. Lots of people who are in this field are doing it because they happened upon a site in neglected condition and they were able to make… Continue reading So You Want to Save a Graveyard? These are the first ten things to do!
Abandoned graveyards are refuges to the wild. The weeds grow sometimes into jungles. Some have been abandoned for decades and have become forested. If you take on the restoration of an abandoned space it is kind to show compassion to its occupants. When you clean a stone, carefully remove the spiders. Leave the wild growing… Continue reading Respecting Graveyard Creatures during Landscape Preservation.