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    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 13 Jul 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Bayview Cemetery, Main Street, Lubec, Maine
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    All plans for this workshop are a "go" as of June 12th!

    We have changed the venue for the Friday classroom session to a larger spot just down the road for more social distancing.

    We'll be watching the Governor's mandates carefully and will notify registrants case anything drastically changes which would affect us.

    Would you like to learn everything you need to properly care for old gravestones: from basic cleaning techniques to multi-step repairs? Consider registering to attend this beginner workshop.

    Joe Ferrannini of Grave Stone Matters of Hoosick Falls, NY will lead the workshop to be held Friday through Monday, 10-13 July. This intensive beginner four-day workshop is hands-on but you can also attend as an observer.

    We start with a very informative classroom session in the Lubec Town Hall at 40 School Street, Lubec on Friday morning, and then we will walk over to the cemetery to cover techniques for cleaning stones and straightening leaning stones. Joe will also cover how to cast a new base; how to mix and work with stone-specific epoxies and soft mortars; clamping, setting, and lifting techniques; and much more. Every workshop is different as you never know what you will run into as you start working on a stone.

    You may be familiar with Lubec because of its iconic red and white striped West Quoddy Head Light. The setting is beautiful with the ocean just across the street from Bayview Cemetery where we will be working.

    This is a Beginners Workshop to teach all the skills covered in past MOCA four-day conservator-led workshops.  Participation is limited to those who have not participated in a previous MOCA four-day workshop.

    This is a unique opportunity to learn about gravestone preservation and acquire essential conservation skills as well as practice through hands-on experience.

    Learn how to:

    • Properly and safely clean and repair gravestones
    • Straighten leaning stones
    • Reset fallen stones
    • Build and rebuild bases
    • Repair broken stones using epoxy
    • Infill
    • Use a tripod for resetting monuments
    • Ensure what is happening in your local cemetery is safe for the stones

    Ideally participants will attend all four days, but that’s not always possible. We cannot forecast what activities will happen on which day, as the instruction and practice are based on what onsite damage we find as we work in the cemetery.

    Workshop Waiver

    There is NO registration fee for this workshop. 

    Our MOCA Workshop Committee urges workshop participants to donate as generously as they are able to help cover workshop expenses of about $1,000 per day.  Any funds collected in excess of program expenses will be re-invested into the MOCA workshop fund.

    Don’t hesitate to register based on your ability to donate, however.  Our goal is to promote the use of correct materials and practices when working in cemeteries and to encourage workshop participants to share the skills they learn.  

    Donations will be accepted each day of the workshop.  Checks should be made out to MOCA.

    Additional Work Session

    Following the workshop, our hosts, the Lubec Historical Society, will be sponsoring Joe Ferrannini for three additional days of work at this oceanside cemetery. These work days will be Tuesday through Thursday, 14-16 July. If you have participated in past MOCA workshops, come and help. The participants of the workshop are also encouraged to stay and put their just-learned techniques into practice.

Past events

21 Mar 2020 POSTPONED: MOCA Board Meeting
26 Oct 2019 Standish Corner Cemetery Tour*
21 Sep 2019 2019 Fall Program Day & Member Meeting
07 Sep 2019 MOCA Board Meeting
06 Sep 2019 Work Session: Ridge Cemetery, Martinsville
21 Aug 2019 Coopers Mills Cemetery
13 Jul 2019 2019 Summer Program Day & Member Meeting
21 Jun 2019 Grand Trunk Cemetery Unveils New Interpretive Sign at Remembrance Ceremony *
20 Jun 2019 Funeral and Burial Customs in New England*
11 May 2019 2019 Spring Program Day & Member Meeting
04 May 2019 AGS Spring Chapter Meeting*
03 Apr 2019 NERGC 2019
30 Mar 2019 MOCA Board Meeting
20 Oct 2018 White Oak Hill Cemetery Tour
29 Sep 2018 2018 Fall Program Day & Member Meeting
15 Sep 2018 MOCA Board Meeting
07 Sep 2018 Work Session: Ridge Cemetery
20 Aug 2018 Work Session: South Thomaston
28 Jul 2018 2018 Summer Program Day & Member Meeting
27 Jul 2018 Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Thomaston
20 Jul 2018 Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Ellsworth [Beginners]
11 Jul 2018 *"The Anatomy of a Gravestone" Presentation
16 Jun 2018 Cleaning Workshop: Gray Village Cemetery
04 Jun 2018 Cemetery Work Session: Vassalboro
02 Jun 2018 Cleaning Workshop: Cooper
19 May 2018 2018 Spring Program Day & Member Meeting
12 May 2018 Cleaning Workshop: Winterport
22 Apr 2018 *Northeastern New England Association for Gravestone Studies Spring Meeting
10 Mar 2018 MOCA Board Meeting
04 Feb 2018 *Fort Western Living History Museum: Winter Lecture Series
27 Jan 2018 *Mainers and the Rush for California Gold
30 Sep 2017 Fall 2017 Program & Member Meeting
17 Sep 2017 Tolman Cemetery Dedication
16 Sep 2017 MOCA Board Meeting - Fall 2017
08 Sep 2017 Ridge Association Cemetery Preservation Workshop
11 Aug 2017 *Southside Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
01 Aug 2017 *Ron Romano: Hidden Meanings
29 Jul 2017 Summer 2017 Program & Member Meeting
08 Jul 2017 *Stonington "Gone but not Forgotten" Cemeteries Tour
08 Jul 2017 *2017 Maine Genealogy Fair
07 Jul 2017 *Bloomfield Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
02 Jul 2017 *Civil War Walking Tour
29 Jun 2017 *North Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
27 May 2017 *World War I Guided World War Walking Tour
13 May 2017 Spring 2017 Program & Member Meeting
25 Mar 2017 *Winter Lecture Series: Early Portland’s Off-Peninsula Life Style and Architecture
18 Mar 2017 MOCA Board Meeting - Spring 2017
25 Feb 2017 *Winter Lecture Series: Hail the Conquering Heroes Come: Lafayette Visits Portland and Commodore Preble on the Shores of Tripoli
28 Jan 2017 *Winter Lecture Series: Material Culture and Early “Makers” in 19th Century Portland
23 Oct 2016 Maine Charitable Mechanics Association Walking Tour*
16 Oct 2016 Civil War Walking Tour*
15 Oct 2016 Tate House Ghosts Come Alive at Stroudwater Cemetery*
15 Oct 2016 AGS New England Chapters: Fall Meeting*
08 Oct 2016 Wreck of the Otraska Walking Tour*
24 Sep 2016 Fall 2016 Program & Member Meeting
20 Aug 2016 Bowdoinham Cemetery Tours*
20 Aug 2016 Tour of Old Fields Burying Ground*
20 Aug 2016 Opening and Dedication of Lexington/Highland History House*
20 Aug 2016 Stone Conservation Days*
19 Aug 2016 Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Wilton
12 Aug 2016 Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Industry
06 Aug 2016 Summer 2016 Program & Member Meeting
30 Jul 2016 Stone Conservation Days*
04 Jun 2016 Spirits Alive - Stone Conservation Day*
21 May 2016 * Third Annual Southern Maine Genealogy Conference
15 May 2016 * AGS Spring 2016 Meeting
14 May 2016 Spring 2016 Program & Member Meeting
24 Apr 2016 * Grand Trunk Cemetery Spring Cleanup Day
26 Mar 2016 *Spirits Alive Winter Lecture Series
19 Mar 2016 MOCA Board Meeting - Spring 2016
27 Feb 2016 *Spirits Alive Winter Lecture Series
30 Jan 2016 *Spirits Alive Winter Lecture Series
07 Nov 2015 Civil War Gravestone Dedication*
22 Oct 2015 Walk Among the Shadows*
17 Oct 2015 Stroll Among the Spirits*
26 Sep 2015 Fall 2015 Program
19 Sep 2015 2015 Annual Family History Conference* Maine Genealogical Society
29 Aug 2015 Cleaning/Leaning Workshop
22 Aug 2015 MOCA Board Meeting - Summer 2015
25 Jul 2015 Summer 2015 Program
11 Jul 2015 MGS Genealogical Society Fair*
23 Jun 2015 Association for Gravestone Studies* 2015 Annual Conference
30 May 2015 Our Honored Dead*
30 May 2015 Southern Maine Genealogy Conference*
23 May 2015 Cleaning/Leaning Workshop
16 May 2015 Spring 2015 Program
28 Mar 2015 Spirits Alive* Winter 2015 Lecture Series
28 Mar 2015 MOCA Board Meeting - Spring 2015
28 Feb 2015 Spirits Alive* Winter 2015 Lecture Series
31 Jan 2015 Spirits Alive* Winter 2015 Lecture Series
27 Sep 2014 Fall 2014 Program
26 Jul 2014 Summer 2014 Program
02 Jun 2014 Conservator Workshop: Day 4
01 Jun 2014 Conservator Workshop: Day 3
31 May 2014 Conservator Workshop: Day 2
30 May 2014 Conservator Workshop: Day 1
17 May 2014 Spring 2014 Meeting

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