Village Cemetery, Dublin Road, South Thomaston ME
Host: South Thomaston Cemetery Committee
9:00AM - 3:00PM each day
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, July 30 through August 2. This intensive beginner four-day workshop is hands-on but you can also attend as an observer.
We start with registration and a very informative classroom session in the Wessaweskeag Historical Society meeting room at 8 Dublin Road, adjacent to the South Thomaston Library on Friday morning, and then we will drive 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.
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 specialized epoxy
- 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 we understand that’s not always possible. Note that 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.
NOTE: This workshop will be directly followed by a work session with Joe Ferrannini from August 3-5.
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.