Covers the progression and interpretation of early symbols, from those seen on simple markers in family burial plots, to the more elaborate ones found in the Rural cemeteries of the Victorian era, and later still, in the Memorial Parks of today. We discuss modern examples of memorialization and the techniques and skills of the early slate and sandstone carvers, and contrast with today's techniques such as laser etching.

Punctuated by stories and stunning, moving and humorous examples from cemeteries near and far.

A genealogical adventure that spans two countries and two centuries.

Through the eyes of Lorna's Great-grandfather, a stonecutter in Barre, VT, we will tell you about the life of a stonecutter in “The Granite Center of the World.” We will also examine the memorial industry in Barre today, and the challenges it faces.

Concludes with a photographic tour through Barre's Hope Cemetery, one of the top ten cemeteries to see before you die!

This is a hands-on workshop.

After an introduction to the work of the early carvers and those that still practice this art form today, we will guide you through the process of recording cemetery art through photography, rubbings and foil impressions. Culminates with each participant creating their own foil impression from a gravestone cast.

Incorporates a photographic presentation and a demonstration of letter-carving on stone.

The Hendrickson Family Burial Ground in Holmdel, NJ was desecrated in 2010 by a memorial company.

Our presentation explores the rich history of this family, the tragic loss of this once beautiful final resting place, and the process of restoration. It also covers the topic of cemetery vandalism, what can be done to prevent it, and how previously neglected cemeteries can be cared for and protected again.

Format and Prices

The presentations are targeted for adults and focused teens, and each lasts about 60 minutes, including a short time for questions. The number of participants is not limited. The price is $175, plus travel at 35c/mile and tolls.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants, though additional people can attend as observers. It lasts about 70-75 minutes. The price is $200 which includes materials, plus travel at 35c/mile and tolls.