A Graveyard Preservation Primer by Lynette StrangstadA Graveyard Preservation Primer by Lynette Strangstad

A Graveyard Preservation Primer

byLynette Strangstad

Paperback | August 28, 2013

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A Graveyard Preservation Primer has proven itself to be a time-tested resource for those who are seeking information regarding the protection and preservation of historic graveyards. It was first written to help stewards of early burial grounds responsibly and effectively preserve their graveyards. Much information found in the first edition of the book remains valid today. Still, much has changed in the twenty-five years since its first publication, and the new edition reflects these changes. Attitudes and the understanding of historic graveyards as an important cultural resource have grown and developed over the years. Likewise, changes in treatments have also taken place. Perhaps the most dramatic change in burial ground preservation is in the world of technology. Changes in computers and the way we use them have also changed preservation practices in historic graveyards. Discussion of technological changes in the new edition includes those in mapping, surveying, photography, archaeology, and other areas of evaluation and planning. Consideration is given, too, to maintenance and conservation treatments, including both traditional and newer treatments for stone, concrete, and metals. Metals were not discussed in the earlier editions, and protection and preservation of the landscape as it relates to graveyards is an expanded focus of this book. The historic preservation of cemeteries and burial grounds is an aspect within the discipline of historic preservation that is unknown to many. Those whose responsibility is the care of these historic sites may be unfamiliar with appropriate approaches to such areas as documentation, planning, maintenance, and conservation. Unwitting personnel can do irreparable harm to these important cultural resources. The Primer is an effort to protect historic cultural resources by breaching the gap between maintenance staff, cemetery boards, friends' groups, and graveyard preservation professionals by offering readily available, responsible information regarding graveyard protection and preservation. It is also designed to assist those who would undertake a preservation project in the reclaiming of a neglected or abandoned historic cemetery.The book is generously illustrated with diagrams and photos illustrating procedures and gravemarker and graveyard forms, styles, and materials. The appendix section is completely updated and expanded, offering a worthwhile resource in itself.
Trained through the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Restoration Workshop, Lynette Strangstad has specialized in graveyard preservation since 1980. She has served as conservator, burial ground consultant, preservation planner, and speaker at sites throughout the United States and is nationally known for her work in burial gro...
Title:A Graveyard Preservation PrimerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 28, 2013Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0759122423

ISBN - 13:9780759122420

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Table of Contents

List of Figures Foreword PrefaceChapter 1Assessing the Problem The Importance of Early GraveyardsA Few DefinitionsChapter 2Organizational Concerns Developing a PlanWorking with VolunteersPublic AwarenessSecurityGraveyards as an Educational ToolA Word about FundingChapter 3Documentation and Research Documenting the GraveyardResearchSurveysSite Management PlanMapping the GraveyardArchaeologyChapter 4Conservation Issues Safety NoteCleaning and Maintaining the SiteLandscapingFinding a Gravemarker Conservation ProfessionalStone in GraveyardsBrick and Stone Box Tombs and VaultsMetalsChapter 5A Question of Ethics Observing RespectMaintaining Historic IntegrityGravestone RubbingRemoval of GravestonesAppendicesA. Sample Gravestone Rubbing Regulations B. Sample Cemetery Survey Forms C. S ample Individual Marker Assessment Form D. Sample Vegetation Survey Form E. Ironwork Assessment Worksheet F. Sample Cemetery Legislation G. Consultants, Conservators, and Carvers Glossary Sources of Additional Information Index About the Author

Editorial Reviews

Anyone interested in the restoration and preservation of historic burial grounds will enthusiastically welcome this greatly expanded and updated edition of Lynette Stangstad's classic Primer - an indispensable resource in harmony with 21st Century technology and scholarship.