How to Clean a Historic Gravestone


This video shows step by step how to use D/2 Biological Solution to clean a historic gravestone or monument.  Sometimes the moss and mold on a historic monument can be aesthetically pleasing, so the first question is why even clean the monument?  The simple answer is that the moss and mold are feeding on the stone and thus, actually destroying the monument.  The next question to ask is whether the monument is in stable enough condition to clean.  As you will learn in this video, the first rule of cemetery conservation and preservation is to do no harm.

A third question to ask is what type of cleaner is safe for historic tombstones, safe for you, and safe for the environment.  Based on recommendations of a study commissioned by the U.S. Park Service, Historic Cemetery Preservation uses the same cleaner used on our national cemetery monuments, D/2 Biological Solution available at www.gravestonecleaner.com.  D/2 Biological Solution eliminates molds and mildews without even scrubbing the stone and the stone will continue to appear cleaner over time.

Enjoy the video!  Let us know if you have follow-up questions and we would love to see pictures.  You can email your before (don’t forget the before picture) and after pictures to rusty@historiccemeterypreservation.com.

Click here to purchase D/2 Biological Solution or click here for more information on D/2 Biological Solution.

Volunteer Opportunity at Chalmette National Cemetery!

The National Park Service, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with sponsorship from D/2 Biological Solution, is sponsoring this year’s Volunteer Month (March 7–April 1, 2016) at Chalmette National Cemetery in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.  This special National Cemetery is located less than an hour outside of New Orleans.  It contains headstones of American soldiers from the Civil War, Spanish American Wars, and the World Wars.

Volunteers are needed to document, realign, and clean headstones in the cemetery.  Hands-on training of all volunteers in gravestone restoration and preservation including cleaning and leveling will take place on site.  In fact, Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC and Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC craftsperson, James “Rusty” Brenner, will be onsite volunteering and training volunteers from March 14, 2016 through March 19, 2016 – we would love to see you out there!

Volunteer to Restore Gravestones in Chalmette National Cemetery

Volunteer to Restore Gravestones in Chalmette National Cemetery

If you can’t volunteer for the hands-on work, you can get involved by promoting this worthy cause on your website.  Please give this great cause a shout out on your social media or your blog!

Click here to sign up to volunteer, get more information, or to download a promotional kit!

Click here for a copy of the flier!

Thank you for getting involved to preserve the past and build the future.

We would love to see you from March 14, 2016-March 19, 2016 at Chalmette National Cemetery outside of New Orleans when we will be on site volunteering!  Let us know if you plan to be there.  Also, we would love to hear from you if you promote the event on your social media or blog or through your local historical or genealogical organization.

Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop in Kaufman County, Texas on October 10th

College Mound Historical Cemetery (Kaufman County, Texas)Kaufman County Historical Commission is hosting a Hands-On Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The workshop will be held in the historic College Mound Cemetery in Kaufman County, Texas, and will be led by James “Rusty” Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC.

The workshop will begin with a walking tour of the cemetery with explanations of the significance of some of the gravestones and then attendees will engage in hands-on learning of techniques for cleaning, leveling, and basic repair of gravestones.  D/2 Biological Solution will be used to clean the gravestones and will be available for purchase from Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC.  To reserve your D/2 Biological Solution in advance, contact Cemetery Preservation Supply at (214) 926-4175.

The fee for the workshop is $30.00 which includes lunch and refreshments.    Click here for the Cemetery Workshop Registration Form. Attendance is limited to 50 people.  Click here for the Cemetery Workshop flyer.  For more information, call 972-563-0709 or 469-376-4121 or e-mail jjlaywell@aol.com or kchc@kaufmancounty.netCollege Mound Cemetery is located on Hwy 429 about .07 miles south of  I-20 just east of Terrell, TX.

Kaufman County Historical Commission logo

Hosted by: Kaufman County Historical Commission

Presented by:  James “Rusty” Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC

Sponsored by: Friends of Kaufman County Historical Commission

Hands-on Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop to be held Sept. 26th in Liberty, Texas

The Liberty County Historical Commission invites you to a Hands-On Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop on Saturday, September 26th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

James “Rusty” Brenner, craftsperson and owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC, will lead the workshop first in a walking tour of the cemetery with explanations of significance of some of the gravestones and then in learning techniques for cleaning, leveling, and basic repair of gravestones.  D/2 Biological Solution will be available for purchase from Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC.  To reserve your D/2 in advance call (214) 926-4175.

The fee for the workshop is $30.00 which includes lunch and refreshments. Contact the Liberty County Historical Commission at lchc318@gmail.com or 936.334.5813 for more information or Click here for the LCHC Cemetery Workshop Registration Form (Fillable PDF).  Attendance is limited to 50 people. The workshop attendees will meet at the Liberty County Historical Commission at 318 San Jacinto Street, Liberty, Texas.  Click here to visit the LCHC on Facebook.

Click here for the LCHC Cemetery Workshop Registration Form (Fillable PDF).

 

Arkansas Cemetery Preservation Workshop, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Cato Historic Church & Cemetery

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Cato Historic Church & Cemetery  are hosting an autumn hands-on Cemetery Conservation Workshop and Training on Saturday November 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cato Cemetery at 14000 Frenchman’s Mountain Road, Sherwood, AR 72120 .  James “Rusty” Brenner, craftsperson and owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC will lead the workshop first in a walking tour of the cemetery with explanations of significance of some of the gravestones and then in learning techniques for cleaning, leveling, and basic repair of gravestones.  D/2 Biological Solution will be available for purchase from Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC.  To reserve your D/2 in advance call (214) 926-4175.

Registration is free but limited to the first 40 people, call or email Holly Hope, at (501) 324-9148 or holly@arkansasheritage.org to register!

Click here for Cato Cemetery Preservation Workshop Information! 

 

Hands On Cemetery Preservation Workshop at the Morrow Cemetery

Kaufman County Cemetery workshop flyer 2015The Kaufman County Historical Commission is hosting a hands on Cemetery Preservation Workshop and Training on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  James “Rusty” Brenner, craftsperson and owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration will lead the workshop first in a walking tour of the cemetery with explanations of significance of some of the gravestones and then in learning techniques for cleaning and leveling gravestones.

The fee for the workshop is $30.00, which includes lunch and refreshments.  Contact Friends of Kaufman County Historical Commission at jjlaywell@aol.com for workshop application.  Attendance is limited, so reserve your spot now.

For information, call 469-376-4121 or 972-563-0709 or email kchc@kaufmancounty.net.  Click here to view the informational flyer: Kaufman County Cemetery workshop flyer 2015.

The Details

Who:  Join us for hands on cemetery preservation training. Attendance is limited so reserve your spot today by emailing jjlaywell@aol.com for a workshop application.

What: Hands on Cemetery Workshop and Training

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9am to 4pm

Where: Morrow Chapel Cemetery is located six (6) miles east of Kaufman, TX on State Hwy 243 on the south side of the road next to Ola Church of Christ.

 

Preservation Texas Announces Texas Preservation Day in 2015

Preservation Texas will be hosting TEXAS PRESERVATION DAY on March 19, 2015 in Austin, Texas.  In addition to networking and advocacy opportunities, Preservation Texas will announce their 2015 Most Endangered historic places.  Registration is $15 for current members.  If you are not a member and would like to attend, you may register for $50 which includes your 2015 membership.  All registration includes coffee, breakfast pastries, and lunch.

According to Preservation Texas, their schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 8:30 – 9:00 — Meet for breakfast and pastries at the REJ Conference Center, located directly behind the Robert E Johnson Building at 1501 North Congress Avenue.  Parking is available at the Capitol Visitor Center Garage at 13th and San Jacinto.  Parking is free for the first two hours and $1 per half hour thereafter (maximum $8).
  • 9:00 to 10:15 — Discussion about Most Endangered Places including success stories from recent years, as well as highlights of our 2015 list.
  • 10:30 to 11:15  — Gather on the Capitol steps for the 2015 Most Endangered Places announcement.
  • 11:30 to 1:30 —  Return to the REJ Conference Center for discussions about our 2015 advocacy agenda, statewide preservation issues, and tips for meetings with legislators.  Lunch will be provided.
  • 1:30 to 3:30 — Meetings with state legislators.  Preservation Texas will help you set up appointments with your representatives and senators.
  • 4:00 to 6:00 — Preservation Happy Hour at historic Scholz Garten (founded in 1866) located at 1607 San Jacinto.  Cash bar; light appetizers provided.

Preservation Texas Announces Preservation Day 2015

Join Preservation Texas in Austin on March 19th for Texas Preservation Day!

Join Preservation Texas in Austin on March 19th for Texas Preservation Day!

Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop in Fayetteville, AR on April 25th

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has announced its schedule for spring cemetery preservation workshops.

A hands-on learning experience is available through a free cemetery conservation workshop to be held Saturday, April 25 at the Stearns/Gehring Chapel Cemetery at 1285 Milsap Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas from 9 am to 4 pm. Rusty Brenner from Texas Cemetery Restoration will provide instruction in cemetery monument conservation, preservation and restoration including hands on opportunity to clean and repair gravestones. Lunch will be provided by Christian Life Cathedral.  The morning session from 9 am to 12 pm will focus on cleaning monuments and the afternoon session from 1 pm to 4 pm will focus on leveling and repair of historic monuments.

AHPP expects a large turnout for this workshop, so if you are interested in attending the morning, afternoon, or both sessions call or email Holly Hope at 501 324-9148 or holly@arkansasheritage.org.

Click Here for Details: Hands-on Cemetery Conservation Workshop Fayetteville April 2015

Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop Details (Fayettevill, AR April 2015)

Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop (Fayetteville, AR in April 2015)

Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop (Fayetteville, AR in April 2015)