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
|Restoration Information READ ABOUT THE PROCESS||Legislation affecting Indiana's Pioneer Cemeteries|
|Cemetery Restoration Toolbox||Find a Indiana County Coordinator Or Commission|
|Links to Other Sites Relating to Cemeteries and history|
For really great education on cemetery restoration, attend a restoration workshops sponsored twice each year by the Ind. Historical Society and the Department of Natural Resources. The price is right and your time is well spent. The beginning workshop is required before you may take the advanced workshop in the fall.
Registration for the 2013 Basic
Cemetery Preservation Workshop is now available. The workshop will be held May
17 and 18 at the Spring Valley Cemetery in Lawrence (northeast side of
Indianapolis, near Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park).
PLEASE NOTE there are two options to
choose from for the workshop:
Option 1: Friday Afternoon Classroom
and Saturday All Day Cemetery Work
Option 2: Friday All Day Cemetery Work
and Saturday Morning Classroom
Coordinator, Local History Services
Indiana Historical Society
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO PROBE FOR GRAVE MEMORIAL RESTORATION PROJECTS IN A CEMETERY This is needed for all jobs.
|The Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry & the Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)|
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Take a look at carvers tools from the March AGS day.
Thank you for sharing Ron Bill from Lawrence County IN.
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.
New Cemetery history video and Pioneer stories check it out.
the Archive of Messages for INPCRP Mailing List
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. $21.20 for AGS members; $23.70 for non-members, plus $3.50-$5 shipping and handling.
of Memories: A Guide for Conserving Historic Cemeteries
The Heritage Properties and Museum Programs Unit of the Cultural Programs Branch, Province of Ontario, has released their excellent guide book,. The guide has been written by specialists in masonry conservation, and provides technical information on common tombstone repairs, as well as general information about grave markers and their construction. Copies are available at a cost of $20.00 each and can be purchased from Publications Ontario, 1-800-668-9938 (available for calls within Ontario); or (416) 326-5300. Website
Hands: If the hand is pointed up, with 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.
Tombstone symbols found on Tombstones
|Symbols glossary DHPA||Reading Hebrew tombstones|
|Symbols [pdf]||UK Tombstone Art|
|Tombstone Latin||Other links to consider|
|State laws that govern archaeology, and will impact cemetery preservation, will change in July. To learn more about the event, contact the Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry Coordinator for the DHPA, Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)|
Cemetery Registry Coordinator
402 West Washington Street, W274
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Indiana Code has been updated to reflect changes made by the 2007
General Assembly and HEA 1010 from the 2008 Session of the General Assembly.
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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
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