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Professional cemetery preservationist, Jonathan Appell, is embarking on a tour of 48 states in 48 days where he will perform day long preservation workshops in one cemetery in each of the 48 states. Shelby Memorial Cemetery in Shelbyville, MO has been granted the distinct privilege in the selection for his visit to the State of Missouri. The Shelby County Historical Society and Museum will be hosting this cemetery preservation workshop on Friday, September 25, 2020 9-3 at the old section of the cemetery (south of the mausoleum).
Jonathan Appell, who lives in Connecticut and is the owner of Atlas Preservation, has an impressive repertoire of historic cemetery preservation efforts. For instance, in 2017, he was commissioned by Historic Jamestown (Virginia) to analyze and preserve what is thought to be the oldest known cemetery headstone in America. He has made it his mission to educate the public in the conservation and preservation of our nation’s cemeteries.
Jonathan will be offering his expertise in how to best clean, repair and re-set gravestones and monuments. This workshop will be entirely free to the public and all are welcome to attend. For questions, contact Lea Ann Robertson (601) 613-0022 or Kathleen Wilham (573) 406- 8589. www.48statetour.com, www.shelby. mogenweb.org and https://historicjamestowne. org/archaeology/1617-church/knights-tomb/