Register Now for 9th Annual Gravestone Conservation Workshop

Published April 19, 2019

Local organizations partner on conservation workshop May 2-3

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism and Preservation Oklahoma are partnering to increase awareness about the importance of gravestone preservation. The two-day workshop demonstrates how to properly care for and preserve historical resources etched in stone.

The eighth annual gravestone conservation workshop is May 2-3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tahlequah Public Cemetery. The cost to attend is $50 and lunch is provided.

Professional gravestone and masonry conservator Jonathan Appell, member of the Preservation Trades Network, will lead the class.

An expert in cemetery preservation planning, Appell will lead the hands-on, interactive training while covering topics on how to reset stones, repair fragmented stones, repoint and clean masonry, and use infill material and appropriate repair materials. Tools and most materials will be provided for the workshops. Attendees are encouraged to bring a folding chair for comfort.

Appell has performed gravestone preservation and planning projects on many historic cemeteries throughout the U.S., including the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; The Granary in Boston; Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York; The First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina; and The New Haven Crypt in New Haven, Connecticut.

The workshop is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve space or get more information, go to

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit

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