Twenty-five folks came to the Cemetery Preservation and Gravestone Cleaning workshop at the Goodhue Historical Society in Red Wing, MN, last week. The first half of the day was spent inside (where it was dry) learning about topics like preservation ethics, gravestone symbolism, and lichen growth. The second half of the workshop was in the field cleaning gravestones. Even though it was a steady rain all day, at least 15 of the participants tried their hand at cleaning gravestones. Hey--it sure made it easy to keep the gravestones wet the whole time!
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.