Over the years, I have provided training to many service and community groups that were interested in cemetery clean up projects. Recently a western Wisconsin area 4-H group received training to properly clean gravestones at the Halfway Creek Cemetery in Holmen, WI. I was amazed at how well this group worked together despite ranging in ages from 5 years old to adults. In all, forty-four (44) gravestones were cleaned and preserved in less than four hours time! And they loved doing it. Great work everyone! The key point here is that no group, no matter how well-meaning, should undertake a gravestone cleaning effort without proper training beforehand. But, once equipped with the proper tools and techniques, amazing work can happen.
Jarrod Roll...museum curator by training, preservation educator by passion. Director of the Monroe County Local History Room & Museum, Sparta, WI. Owner of Save Your Stones Gravestone Restoration Services. Maker of the Gravestone Cleaning Kit.