Cemetery Preservation 101 -- Next Date To Be Announced

Curious about that “abandoned” cemetery down the road? There are plenty of them on the Peninsula! ...

Anxious to “clean up” your ancestors’ graves and don’t know how? THANK YOU for looking before you leap! ...

Just interested in old cemeteries and want to know more? You are not alone and in great company!

…And this workshop is for you.

In this introductory session, GHS Board Member and Cemetery Committee Chairperson Jennifer Stucker will discuss and demonstrate the best techniques for documenting, cleaning, and preserving historic gravestones. Using Bunker Memorial Cemetery in South Gouldsboro as a lab, she will also address current controversies and topics of concern in the field of historic cemetery preservation. This will be a hands-on workshop and participants will have a chance to apply what they learn using tools and materials provided by the instructor.

When? A date to be announced

Where? Bunker Memorial Cemetery (aka South Gouldsboro Cemetery -- See Map)

Who? All are welcome, but class size is limited to 20 -- Register by sending us an email with Cemetery Workshop in the subject line, along with the following information:

Your Name Address

Best telephone number to reach you on the day before (in case of rain)

Any other information you think we might need to know before the workshop

How Much? Free for GHS members, $5 for non-members, payable when you arrive

What to Bring? Dress in clothing suitable for a day outside in damp grass (layers are good, sandals are not recommended)

Water (to drink – we’ll provide water for cleaning stones)

A folding chair or stool if you are not able to stand for 4 hours (cemeteries are generally short on seating)

Work gloves if you are serious about the hands-on part


Pencil and paper (if you are the note-taking sort)

Camera or phone with a camera (if you are the picture-taking sort)


Bug repellent

About the Instructor:

Jennifer Stucker took on her first historic cemetery preservation project when she was 14. Decades later, along with her husband, John Eck, and volunteers from Seaside Grange, she began the restoration of the abandoned Mill Pond Cemetery in Corea, receiving awards from both the Association for Gravestone Studies as well as the Maine Old Cemetery Association in recognition of their outstanding work in the field of Cemetery Preservation. Over the past ten years, she has worked with numerous professional conservators across the U. S., spending 100’s of hours to develop her skills to restore and preserve gravestones in Maine’s historic cemeteries and earning the title "The Lichen Lady."