Learn how to perform gravestone conservation May 7-8


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – For the fourth consecutive year, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, Preservation Oklahoma and The Saline Preservation Association are partnering to teach people how to restore our historical remains etched in stone.

Limited spots remain for the gravestone and cemetery monument conservation workshops May 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tahlequah Public Cemetery. Lunch will be provided. The cost to attend is $45.

The conservation workshops are led by a professional gravestone and masonry conservator and member of the Preservation Trades Network, Jonathan Appell.

An expert in cemetery preservation planning, Appell will lead the hands-on, interactive training while covering topics on how to reset stones, repair fragmented stones, repoint and clean masonry, and use infill material and appropriate repair materials. Tools and most materials will be provided for the workshops. Attendees are encouraged to bring a folding chair for comfort.

Appell has performed gravestone preservation and planning projects on many historic cemeteries throughout the U.S., including the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; The Granary in Boston; Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, N.Y.; The First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Greensboro, N.C.; and The New Haven Crypt in New Haven, Conn.

The workshop is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve space or get more information, go to and click Special Events.

Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is currently accepting reservations and payments for these future preservation series workshops:

June 19: Preserve your family’s heirlooms. Bring pots, baskets or other objects, and learn how to best care and preserve them for future generations. The class will be taught by Rick Parker at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25.

July 15: How to protect your family photographs and documents. Parker will lead the session at Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25.

Aug. 14: Genealogy Class. Learn the basics of researching your family and its history at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum from 10 a.m. to noon. No cost to attend, but reservations are required.

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit

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