Join St. James United Cemetery, Mt. Erin Cemetery, and Preservation Maryland’s The Campaign for Historic Trades for a Cemetery Preservation Workshop in Havre de Grace! During the workshop, we will learn the history of St. James United Cemetery and My Erin Cemetery then go on to explore basic preservation techniques to care for cemetery monuments, including cleaning the site, maintaining landscaping and cleaning gravestones. Please note that this workshop will require participants to stand or crouch while completing the preservation work in outside weather. Please come prepared with comfortable and protective clothing, sun screen, bug spray, and plenty of water!
10:00 am – 11:00 am Session 1 at the Havre de Grace Community Center
Overview of the history of St. James United Cemetery with Reggie Bishop and of Mt. Erin Cemetery with Ron Pojunas, followed by an overview of cemetery preservation techniques with Preservation Maryland Staff.
11:00 am – 11:30am BREAK (and short walk to cemeteries)
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Session 2 at St. James United Cemetery & Mt. Erin Cemetery
Hands on demonstration of cemetery preservation techniques with Preservation Maryland staff and guided practice.
Participants are welcome to park at the Havre de Grace Community Center parking lot, and bathrooms will be available on-site.
In case of inclement weather, Session 2, the hands-on cemetery preservation portion of the workshop at St. James United Cemetery and Mt. Erin Cemetery, will have to be rescheduled. Session 2 will be reschedule if there is a 60%+ chance of heavy rain or thunderstorms, and/or wind gusts over 20mph forecasted 24 hours before the time of the workshop. If these conditions are met, registered participants will receive an email about rescheduling 24 hours in advance of the workshop. Session 1, at the Havre de Grace Community Center, will take place on Friday, Aug 19, regardless of weather conditions.
Health and Safety
Though no materials used in the cemetery preservation portion of the workshop are toxic or harmful to participants, we do suggest wearing protective eye gear and a mask.
For participants with mobility concerns, we suggest bringing a folding chair or gardening bench to sit on while cleaning grave markers.
Due to ongoing risks associated with Covid-19, we ask that if participants feel unwell they do not attend the workshop and invite them to join us at a future workshop.
Preservation Maryland’s 2022 Cemetery Preservation Workshops were made possible by a grant from the Rural Maryland Council. Additional support was provided by last fall’s Save a Grave fundraising campaign and Atlas Preservation. Workshops are organized by The Campaign for Historic Trades, powered by Preservation Maryland.