Cemetery commission hosts conservation workshop

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission hosted its first conservation workshop on Saturday, Sept. 27, when eight volunteers joined stone conservator Bruce Wright for a hands-on lesson in cleaning historic grave markers with assistance from cemetery superintendent Pat Lujan and cemetery sexton Gloria Stevens.

The workshop is part of a long-range plan to remove plant growth from the stone markers. The lichen, mold, moss and fungus will eventually destroy the limestone, marble and granite stone markers. Cleaning is being done with D-2 Biological Solution, water and lots of elbow grease. The volunteersí Saturday morning cleanup resulted in the preservation of 121 markers.

In May, the Eureka Springs Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This honor made the cemetery eligible to have this work financed by a grant based on tax funds from the State of Arkansas and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. These grant funds will also be used to repair and restore damaged and leaning markers in the cemetery.

The Eureka Springs Preservation Society donated an additional $1,000 to purchase the equipment needed to clean and preserve the grave markers.

There will be another conservation workshop on Saturday, Oct. 27. Volunteers are encouraged to come to the cemetery at 9 a.m. to learn the correct way to clean and preserve family grave markers. All safety and cleaning supplies are provided. There is no cost for the workshop.

For more information, call Glenna Booth at 479-253-9703.

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