*Slideshow images by MOCA member, Kate Gaudet.
MOCA offers three types of workshops on a recurring basis. One type is an in-depth conservation workshop held every few years and led by a professional conservator.
The other two types - typically offered in years when we do not offer a conservator led workshop - focus on cleaning stones and straightening leaning tablet stones. Our workshops offer hands-on learning opportunities and are led by experienced MOCA members. Cleaning and Leaning Workshops are often combined into one day-long experience.
Does your town have a cemetery that has long been neglected, that has leaning tablet stones, and stones covered with layers of dirt and lichen?
A MOCA Cleaning and/or Leaning Workshop may be the answer. During these one-day workshops, participants learn and practice valuable conservation techniques:
MOCA would like to hear from municipalities, historical societies, or other organizations who are willing to host a Cleaning/Leaning Workshop and commit to providing future maintenance of the cleaned/restored cemetery on a regular and continual basis once the workshop is concluded. Contact a member of the MOCA Workshop Committee for more information about hosting a workshop in your area.
Workshop III: Beginner's Gravestone Preservation Workshop
Here's an excellent Preservation Brief from the National Parks Service that addresses a topic near and dear to MOCA hearts: gravestone preservation! It's very complete document, including some methods best left to TRAINED and EXPERIENCED conservators. Never work beyond your training or experience.
DO NO HARM is lesson one.
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