Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism and Preservation Oklahoma are partnering to increase awareness about the importance of gravestone preservation. The two-day workshop demonstrates how to properly care for and preserve historical resources etched in stone. The seventh annual gravestone conservation workshop is May 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tahlequah Public Cemetery. The cost to attend is $45 and lunch is provided.
Professional gravestone and masonry conservator Jonathan Appell, member of the Preservation Trades Network, will lead the class. An expert in cemetery preservation planning, Appell will lead the hands-on, interactive training while covering topics on how to reset stones, repair fragmented stones, repoint and clean masonry, and use infill material and appropriate repair materials. Tools and most materials will be provided for the workshops. Attendees are encouraged to bring a folding chair for comfort.
Appell has performed gravestone preservation and planning projects on many historic cemeteries throughout the U.S., including the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; The Granary in Boston; Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York; The First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina; and The New Haven Crypt in New Haven, Connecticut.
The workshop is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis.
For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.
About Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is managed by Cherokee Nation Businesses and was created in 2007 to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Cherokee people. Efforts by the Cherokee Nation include award- winning cultural, specialty and event tours and operation of three Cherokee Nation museums, six Cherokee Nation gift shops and two Cherokee Nation welcome centers. For more information, please visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.