Preservation

Are "Simple Epoxy Repairs" Really That Simple?
by Michael Trinkley, AGS Quarterly/VOL. 34, NO.1/Winter 2010

   This month's column tackles the issue of what are sometimes called "simply epoxy repairs." This technique has been advocated by some AGS members as well as several publications (for example the Canadian Landscape of Memories: A Guide for Conserving Historic Cemeteries and the Michigan Historic Cemeteries Preservation Guide) as a routine method of repairing broken gravestones. It seems to be widely used, perhaps because it represents a simple solution to a complex problem. These repairs require the purchase of only epoxy and a few simple tools. In addition, the technique is seemingly easy, requiring relatively little skill. It involves using a thin bead (or sometimes dabs are suggested) of epoxy to rejoin broken headstones.

Best Practice Recommendations for Cleaning Government Issued Headstones
by National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

   This document was developed as general guidance for the cleaning of government issued headstones based on research undertaken by the National Park Service National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. Recommendations are intended to be used by cemetery directors, operations staff, foremen, maintenance staff, contractors and headquarters staff. The document focuses on general cleaning and regular maintenance of marble headstones that are soiled from dirt and biological growth. Recommendations do not address cleaning needs from unusual events such as removal of road tar, mower scars, vandalism, or other accidental damage. Cleaning recommendations for other stone types such as granite, sandstone, or limestone are not presented here.