Maintaining historic cemetery markers is a challenge for volunteers and professionals alike. Many repair methods commonly used, despite the best of intentions, actually cause additional damage to these precious headstones and other monuments. Preservation Buffalo Niagara is seeking the volunteers and staff who deal with caring for cemeteries, especially persons from smaller, often rural cemeteries, to attend a workshop on how to make appropriate repairs.
This workshop will be on Saturday, June 18, at the Concordia Cemetery in Buffalo, sponsored by PBN through its Preservation Partners program. This will be a hands-on workshop taught by masonry conservator Mark Soeth. He will cover topics ranging from types of stone and their causes of deterioration to proper repair techniques, the materials to use and where to get them.
The workshop will start at 9 a.m. and run to 3 p.m. Concordia Cemetery is at 438 Walden Ave., Buffalo.
The workshop fee of $25 is to cover the cost of breakfast and a lunch provided by the Friends of Concordia Cemetery. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 852-3300 to register or for more information.