NCPTT and Middle Tennessee State University will offer a one-day hands-on workshop for the basic care and maintenance for historic cemeteries. This class is for MTSU students and faculty.
Local community members, even the ones most commonly active in preservation organizations and volunteer efforts, often lack even the most basic knowledge of what do with a historic cemetery that is in need of cleaning, repair, and maintenance. With few or no resources, these community members can sort through scattered tips online or they can try to raise the money to hire a professional cemetery preservationist. However, even with few resources, community members can still manage to accomplish a great deal for the preservation and awareness-raising of their local cemeteries. They need to be equipped with practical, hands-on advice and demonstrations so that they can take preservation into their own hands, with the confidence that they are going about it in the correct way.
The Center for Historic Preservation is hosting a hands-on workshop on the basics of practical cemetery preservation and cleaning. The workshop will take place Friday, April 15, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is aimed at current graduate students in the MTSU Public History program. Recent graduates who are starting their professional careers in preservation are also eligible to attend. Participants will learn the basics of cemetery preservation from Jason Church of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. The hands-on portion of the workshop will be conducted at the Old City Cemetery on Vine Street in Murfreesboro. Spaces are limited; email Stacey.Graham@mtsu.edu to apply. This workshop is made possible by an MTSU Public Service Grant.