Thursday, August 23, 2012

From the National Preservation Institute

The National Preservation Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. The 2012-2013 National Preservation Institute seminar schedule is available online at The 2012-2013 NPI News Release includes the calendar and seminar descriptions Advance registration is available through September 4, 2012 Scholarship applications accepted (see details below) in cooperation with the Chicora Foundation, Inc. and Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources Cemetery Preservation Tallahassee, FL — October 10-11, 2012 Learn how to begin a cemetery preservation or restoration project and how to help ensure that sound choices are made to avoid harming what you seek to protect. Discussions focus on current issues in cemetery preservation, such as recording and documenting cemeteries and graveyards, undertaking preservation efforts, and exploring conservation techniques and issues. An agenda is available online at Instructors. Debi Hacker, conservation administrator of Chicora Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit heritage preservation organization specializing in research, public education, conservation, and preservation for museums, archives, and historic organizations and Michael Trinkley, Ph.D., director of Chicora Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit heritage preservation organization specializing in research, public education, conservation, and Cemetery Landscapes: A Practical Guide to Care and Maintenance Tallahassee, FL — October 12, 2012 Learn how to protect historic cemetery landscapes, preserve integrity of design, and safeguard tombstones and monuments while pursuing a practical outlook on maintenance and budget concerns. Explore approaches to caring for softscapes, or plantings, and hardscapes, including roads, pathways, and benches. Discuss effective pruning and cutting techniques, and when chemicals and heavy equipment can be safely and productively used. Review the basics of short- and long-term preservation plans. An agenda is available online at Instructor. Debi Hacker LA/CES. These seminars meet the criteria for programs in the American Society of Landscape Architects Continuing Education System and ASLA members will receive 6 learning units each day. Registration. A registration form is available online at The advance registration rate is available through September 4 — $450 (2 days – Cem Pres) / $275 (1 day – Cem Landscape) / $600 (3 days – both seminars). The regular registration rate after that date is $500 (2 days – Cem Pres) / $325 (1 day – Cem Landscape) / $650 (3 days – both seminars). Scholarships. A National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant for scholarships covers the cost of tuition for qualified applicants to attend NPI seminars in targeted cultural resource management areas. For more information and the application form, go to Questions? Please contact us. Thank you. Jere Gibber Executive Director National Preservation Institute P.O. Box 1702, Alexandria, VA 22313 703/765-0100; 703/768-9350 fax;

California dreamin': New cemetery possible in Malibu

As officials in Malibu ponder what to do to preserve open space in their community, some people think that a so-called green, or environmental, cemetery must be just the ticket. Spearheading the idea is Pepperdine University official Dennis Torres, who told the Malibu Surfside News he first proposed a cemetery for the space about 20 years ago and "was laughed at." Pepperdine owns some of the land in question, according to this news report. Reported the website:
Two town hall sessions have been held so far. The panel was formed just months ago. Ad hoc committee member [Laura] Rosenthal [who is also the mayor] said, at the outset of the meetings, "Preserving vacant land zoned for commercial use is one way to ensure that Malibu retains its rural landscape. We look forward to productive meeting[s] filled with great ideas."

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Severe weather map

The folks at ESRI, creators of the Arc series of mapmaking software, have a continously updating map of severe weather across the United States. Not cemetery-related per se, but cemeteries suffer weather damage, too.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

NJ cemetery goes solar

In order to cut electricity costs for its mausoleum, a cemetery in northern New Jersey has installed solar panels.

Cemetery work

A writer in Iowa notes that caring for a cemetery is like working in a park.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Struggling Philadelphia-area cemeteries

The Philadelphia Inquirer had a good story over the weekend about several cemeteries that are falling into neglect and disrepair. I've done research on this in the past, and know that it is an ongoing problem in society. There's a sad-but-true quote from Bob Fels, who notes:
Cemeteries are still the only businesses that have to service what they sell forever.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Southern New Jersey cemetery needs assistance

The Philadelphia NBC affiliate reports on a neglected African American cemetery in Lawnside, New Jersey, that could use some TLC.

Friday, January 13, 2012

New doc features Jewish cemetery in Germany

The Los Angeles Times has reviewed a new documentary about the Weissensee Jewish cemetery in East Berlin.
Among other things, the review notes how many of the honored WWI dead were members of the German elite.

Welcome The Cemetery Record to this blog

Came across a web publication The Cemetery Record today, and just added it to this blog. You will find it in the righthand column

Friday, January 6, 2012

Update: Man arrested in New Jersey cemetery heist

Police have arrested a man in the case of metal cemetery urns stolen in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

N.J. cops probe theft of metal from cemetery

Police in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, are investigating the theft of precious metals from cemetery displays.
I've written before about the fact that such thievery is a negative externality; specifically, already strapped law-enforcement and judicial resources are forced to be stretched even further to investigate and adjudicate these crimes.
Resolved for 2012: to explore how such increased negative externalities might, in fact, help boost the cause for green cemeteries. Given how squeamish some folks seem to be regarding natural burial - despite that fact it was perfectly fine up until the last 150 years or so - perhaps part of the sales pitch should be that green cemeteries reduce crime.
Photo credit: Jose F. Moreno/Courier-Post