Most of the cemeteries I work in are located in the middle of nowhere, or at least on the outskirts of town. In July 2021 I had the pleasure of conducting two gravestone preservation workshops at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI. Forest Home Cemetery is best described as a peaceful, green oasis in the middle of a city. Established way back in 1850, the 200 acre cemetery is the final resting place to some 110,000+ individuals, including famed beer barons, politicians and Milwaukee's social elite. This non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the cemetery and grounds to the highest standards possible, and it shows. They hope that some of the folks who took my workshop will use those new skills to clean and preserve some of the many gravestones in need of TLC.
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.