INDIANA PIONEER CEMETERIES RESTORATION PROJECT
The state of Indiana is home to thousands of abandoned or neglected pioneer cemeteries, the oldest of which now approach 200 years. The goal of this project is to identify, protect, restore and preserve as many of these cemeteries as possible. This project was founded on the belief that we owe our pioneer ancestors a better monument than a forgotten grave amid bramble and thicket.
The Indiana Pioneer Cemeteries Restoration Project was begun in October 1997 as an effort to generate public awareness about the neglected pioneer cemeteries of Indiana. Many volunteers have join this effort.
This page is maintained by L. A. CLUGH State Coordinator 2016
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Indiana's Pioneer Cemeteries
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WORKSHOPS FOR RESTORATION
2016 Beginners workshops for Cemetery Preservation
May 20 and 21st will be the Basic Cemetery preservation workshop. Please check the link below to register..
John Walters, professional cemetery restorer, will explain the techniques of cemetery restoration, including the kinds of mortar mixes and adhesives to use when reassembling broken stones and fallen obelisks. Then participants will spend the majority of the workshop restoring stones in the cemetery. Work with broken, leaning and misplaced stones, and disassembled obelisks under the supervision of instructors.
Participants will learn the following skills:
Only those who have attended a basic cemetery preservation workshop or have prior experience cleaning and straightening stones can enroll in the advanced workshop (as experience in cleaning and resetting stones is essential to understanding more complicated repairs). The workshop will be held regardless of weather, and all participants will be involved in the hands-on session.
This project has been funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Department of Natural Resources.
This program receives federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240.
A Graveyard Preservation Primer by Lynette Strangstad "Written for non-professional and professional preservationists involved in small to mid-size graveyard preservation projects, this basic primer explains in step-by-step fashion how to preserve and restore a graveyard. After reading the suggestions outlined in this book, you will be able to plan a well organized preservation project. In this way the common mistakes and waste of resources that characterize many well-intentioned graveyard preservation efforts can be avoided. Restoration is discussed with recommendations as to what lay people should and should not undertake." 144 pages with index and illustrations. Order from Association Gravestone Studies website.
FOR LICENSE TO PROBE FOR GRAVE MEMORIAL RESTORATION
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Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database
Take a look at carvers tools from the March AGS day 2012
The Indiana AGS Chapter
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See a stone carver at work
There is also workshops and videos on Cleaning and Resetting
monuments by the
Nation Center for Preservation and Technology and Training. Click the links at the top left.
If the index finger pointed up, this is the sign of
preservation, also called the Sign of Heaven and Earth,
and means whatever came from Heaven must also return. If the hands are clasped, it is a farewell to marriage.
If the hands are praying, it is a plea for eternal life. If the hand is upturned and has the index and middle finger
pointing up, this is called the Sign of Blessing, or the Christogram, and it brings blessings to those left behind.
Symbols found on Tombstones
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|Symbols glossary DHPA||Reading Hebrew tombstones|
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A note about this project: This project is an independent project started by Scott Satterthwaite. It is not affiliated with the US Gen Web or any other existing project. Many Indiana counties currently have active associations or groups that are fulfilling the goals of this project. Many more have nothing at all in place. We would like the INPCRP to become a way to centralize and coordinate these existing efforts and to launch new ones. Of course, participation is voluntary, and it is our desire that nobody feels obligated to volunteer.
Do not copy or redistribute this information without citing this web site as it's source. If you have any suggestions on ways to improve this site, better ways to handle any aspect of this project, or would like to adopt a county, please send us an email.
This page is maintained by L. A. CLUGH State Coordinator