Instructor Jason Church cleans a marble headstone

Instructor Jason Church cleans a marble headstone

On December 1, 2012 NCPTT’s materials conservator Jason Church taught a one day cemetery conservation workshop in Natchez, Mississippi. This workshop was the first of a series being developed by the  Historic Natchez Foundation with the  Copiah-Lincoln Community College.  Copiah-Lincoln Community College hopes this series of preservation related workshops will build interest in a developing Historic Preservation program that the Community College plans to establish.

The lecture portion of the workshop was held at the offices of the Historic Natchez Foundation (108 S. Commerce St.).  Jason Church  talked about techniques for cemetery documentation and developing a preservation plan followed by a talk on cleaning and care recommendations for historic headstones.  After lunch the workshop traveled to Natchez City Cemetery for hands-on activities including proper cleaning techniques.

Workshop participants clean marble headstones in the Jewish Section of Natchez City Cemetery

Workshop participants clean marble headstones in the Jewish Section of Natchez City Cemetery

The workshop’s forty seats quickly filled and a wait list was started. Due to the need of such historic preservation programs across the state another cemetery care workshop is being planned for Natchez in the Spring. To get on the wait list for the spring workshop please contact;

Trevor Brown

Historic Natchez Foundation
108 S. Commerce St.
Natchez, MS 39120
(601)442-2500
trevorbrown@natchez.org

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119