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Grave Matters: A Cemetery Mapping Workshop

June 7, 2014

10321684_290408097809595_1310456837197585221_oNeed ideas on how to start your cemetery project? Historic cemeteries are irreplaceable landscapes. In Arkansas, many cemeteries are neglected and in need of care. One of the first steps in preserving a historic cemetery is recording and documenting it. The UAM Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program are hosting a one-day workshop on mapping and documenting historic cemeteries. The workshop will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, an African American cemetery located near Winchester, AR. It will provide hands on experience that you can apply to a cemetery in your area. The 4-hour workshop will focus on:

Mapping skills using a tape measure and compass
Photographing and recording gravestones
Gravestone care
Identification of fraternal headstone symbols
Completing state site forms. What is the National Register? Is funding available? And what are the next steps?

The workshop is limited to 20 people. For additional information and to sign up, email Dr. Jodi A. Barnes at jabarnes@uark.edu or call 870-460-1290.

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