Summer is a busy time for my Cemetery Preservation Workshops (natch). I wanted to post a stunning before and after photo of a pedestal style grave marker. The John Bartenster monument was cleaned by Dave and Ruth as part of the workshop I did with the New London, Wisconsin, Museum. Dave and Ruth participated in the workshop and, as such, did hands-on cleaning after the classroom. They used water (and lots of it) and D/2 Biological Solution. As you can see in the After image (on right), the inscription is much clearer to read. You can even see the International Order of Odd Fellows symbolism (the three "chain links"). Great job, Dave and Ruth!
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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.