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The Edmond Genealogical Society was established in September, 1991, with 78 charter members by December 31, 1991.
Our purpose, as stated in the EGS Constitution, adopted in December, 1991:
- Bring together persons interested in the field of genealogy
- Assist members and visitors in their research
- Issue publications when deemed beneficial
- Collect and preserve material and historical data
- Work with other groups and libraries in the state
We are here to encourage the science of genealogy; to help others gather genealogical information; and to preserve, protect and publish information of importance. We are here to serve visitors as well as our members.
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Program for August 17, 2015: "A Dirty Job Made Easy - Cleaning Stone"
by Carolyn Leonard
James "Rusty" Brenner of Dallas will present a program and demo on how to clean old tombstones and make them readable again at Edmond Historical Museum on August 17th.
The purpose of the Edmond Genealogical Society is to develop and maintain high standards for training and assisting members pertaining to genealogical and related historical research, and to collect and preserve material and historical data.
The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will begin at the Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK with a social time at 6:15 pm, program begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
"Regardless of what kind of stone you are cleaning, the first rule is always to be as gentle as possible," Brenner says. "Use the least aggressive approach, to accomplish the cleaning objectives desired; safely without harming the stone."
Brenner will demonstrate D/2 Biological Solution for cleaning, which easily cleans and restores natural luster on all types of headstones and other stone products - including marble, granite, concrete and stone. Even deeply embedded dirt, moss, mold and grime are quickly removed. The type of stone can determine what technique should be used, he said. Most common gravestones are likely to be sandstone, slate, marble, limestone, or granite.
Brenner is the owner and craftsperson of Texas Cemetery Restoration. He started in the monument preservation business as a teenager while working with his father at his monument company.
"I fell in love with visiting old cemeteries, photographing old tombstones, and learning about the history of the people who settled this land and made it home," Brenner said. "When I was about nineteen years old I decided someone needed to preserve the beautiful monuments that memorialized our ancestors. And so Texas Cemetery Restoration was born."
Brenner will also cover GPS Cemetery Mapping and Burial Databases; Cleaning, Leveling and Repair of tombstones; and Ground Penetrating Radar for locating unmarked graves.
FYI The Edmond Historical Museum is closed to visitors on Sundays and Mondays.
The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists; membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research. For more info on EGS, www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okegs/ or www.facebook.com/EdmondGenSoc
Parking at the Museum is limited and can be a problem. You may need to arrange for drop off or to carpool. For more information on the meeting place, contact Edmond Historical Museum at (405) 340-0078
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