International Cemetery Preservation Summit
Niagara Falls, New York April 8-10, 2014

NCPTT is pleased to announce an International Cemetery Preservation Summit, to be held April 8-10, 2014. The Summit will feature wide ranging preservation technologies to address the broad spectrum of issues found in cemeteries and other cultural heritage sites.

View current call for Poster Abstracts

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Keynote Talk: “They Died in Rome: Preservation of an Active, Historic Cemetery for Foreigners” by Nicholas Stanley-Price
Planning: “Down to Earth: Conservation Decision-Making for Historic Cemeteries”  by Katharine Untch
Planning: “Not Seeing the Cemetery for the Monuments: Understanding the Importance of Preservation Assessments” by Michael Trinkley and Debi Hacker
Archaeology: “The Cycle of Use, Neglect, and Renewal in Historic Family Cemeteries of Niagara, Ontario” by Catherine Paterson
Archaeology: “Finding Avondale: Remote Sensing for an Unmarked Cemetery in Difficult Subsurface Conditions” by Hugh B. Matternes and Valerie Davis
Landscapes: “Returning the Forest to Forest Lawn: Tree Planting Strategies for Historic Landscapes” by Matthew Quirey
Landscapes: “Preservation Planning for Historic Cemetery Landscapes” by Martha Lyon
Materials I: “The Challenges of Treating Delaminating Slate Headstones: New Treatments with New Materials” by Irving Slavid
Materials I: “Modern Problems in Historic Cemeteries” by Frances Ford
Materials I: “Returning From Oblivion: The Reemergence of a World War II Memorial Sundial” by Minxie and James Fannin
Materials I: “Portland Cement Vs. Historic Gravestones” by Jonathan Appell
Materials I: “Red Jacket: Sculpture Conservation Treatment in Forest Lawn Cemetery” by Francis Miller

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Materials ll: “Maintaining Leadworks for Cemetery Monuments and Mausolea” by Angus “Gus” Fraser and David Gallagher
Design: “In Small Things Remembered: The William Peters Reeves Grave Memorial at Kenyon College” by Dennis Montagna
Materials II: “Made from My Own Hand: An Introduction to Concrete Grave Markers” by  Gordon Bond and Stephanie M. Hoagland
Materials II: “Handcrafted Gravemarkers of Julius “Jesse” Thomas”  by Anne Shelton
Documentation: “Fragile Grounds: Mapping South Louisiana’s Cemeteries” by Jessica H. Schexnayder and Mary H. Manhien
Documentation: “Photogrammetric Documentation of Weathered and Damaged Headstones at the Cataraqui Cemetery,Kingston Ontario” by George Bevan and Alexander Gabov
Documentation: “Saving and Preserving Burial Grounds of Enslaved African Americans” by Sandra A. Arnold
National Cemeteries: “Reimagining August Bloedner’s 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument (1862)” by Sara Amy Leach
National Cemeteries: “Conserving the Nation’s Gravesite: Treatment of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery” by Debora Rodrigues and Amy Hollis
National Cemeteries: “Nationwide Monument Conservation at National Cemeteries: Planning, Management, and Treatment Implementation” by Sara Johnson
National Cemeteries: “Confederates in the Cemetery:  Federal Benefits & Stewardship” by Elizabeth G. Heavrin and Sara Amy Leach

Poster Session from 10:30 until 12:00

Poster: “East Texas Markers’ Types, Motifs, and Styles – The Expanded Edition” by Dr. Perky Beisel
Poster: “Congressional Cemetery’s Not Kidding Around:Environmentally-Sensitive Invasive Plant Removal in a Historic Setting” by Margaret Puglisi
Poster: “National Cemeteries in the National Park System: Grave Markers and Cultural Landscape Preservation” by John Auwaerter
Poster: “Mississippi College Historic Preservation Program” by Tricia Nelson
Poster: “A Cost/Benefit Approach to Developing a High Return/Low Impact Treatment Program for an Inactive 18th-century Burial Ground” by Tom Riddolls
Poster: “Variation and Change in Coffin Styles at the Wrenn-Hutchison Cemetery” by Charles LeeDecker
Poster: “The North Carolina Cemetery Survey and Stewardship Program: A Practical Guide to Establishing a State-Level Preservation and Conservation Program” by Roderick Kevin Donald
Poster: “Locally Adapted, Slow-Growth Grasses Reduce Mowing Frequency and Protect Monuments In An Historic Connecticut Cemetery” by Thomas Christopher


Thursday April 10, 2014

Field Sessions will take place at Forest Lawn CemeteryPrint
Sessions will run from 8:00am until 12:00pm

Sessions at Forest Lawn Cemetery;
Cemetery preservation tour with Matthew Quirey
Grout Injections with Frances Miller
Resetting Stacked Monuments with  Jonathan Appell
Demonstrations of the IBIX cleaning system with Jeff Paduano

Sessions at Willowbank School;
Tour of Historic Preservation Program
Stone Carving
Others TBA

Summit Participants can choose to ride a conference bus to either location, those going to Willowbank must have a passport.

Who should attend this summit:

Cemetery Sextons
Cemetery Maintenance Staffpic14
Historic Landscape Architects
Historic Preservation Students
Monument Builders
State and Local Historic Preservation Officers
And Overall Cemetery Enthusiasts

The program will feature contributed papers, a poster session, and an optional half day of field sessions and workshops.

Just Announced the Summit is now offering vendor registration. Limited vendor tables are available on a first come bases. If interested please contact Jason Church

Costs of the summit are:

$299 Early Bird Registration (through March 1, 2014).
$399 Registration (After March 1, 2014)
$99 Student Registration

Student must provide photocopy of current student ID and a letter of interest. Student applications should be emailed to

The International Cemetery Preservation Summit will be held at the
Sheraton At The Falls
300 Third Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

A block of conference attendee rooms has been reserved. To register follow this link or call; International Cemetery Preservation Summit Rooms. If you are a government employee please register at the government rate. All speakers will be sent a separate link to register their room. This block of rooms ends on March 14th so please register before that to get the discount.

Transport to the hotel;

Special rate has been negotiated with Buffalo Airport Shuttle
1 Passenger $45
2 Passengers $25 per person
3+ Passengers $18 per person
Buffalo Airport Shuttle (ask for Lauren Roehner) 1-716-685-2550

With notice refunds are available up to 30 days prior to the start of training (minus the processing charge). Within 15 days for training refunds are not available. NCPTT reserves the right to cancel any event 30 days prior to the event if registration is not significant to cover costs. Please wait on making travel plans until 30 days prior or contact NCPTT to see if cancellation is a considered option.

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

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