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Kentucky Historical Society to Host Cemetery Preservation Workshop

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2010) - Are you interested in preserving a cemetery in your community or learning how cemeteries can assist you with family research? If so, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) can help. KHS is hosting a cemetery preservation workshop at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, in downtown Frankfort.

The workshop will feature experts on cemetery preservation, research and mapping techniques and will include a hands-on look at tombstone repair.

"This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in cemeteries to learn the basics about cemetery preservation," said Ann Johnson, KHS cemetery preservation specialist. "Family history researchers and others will be able to learn a great deal about best practices for researching and protecting grave sites."

During the workshop, Mike Peters, president of the Kentucky Genealogical Society, will discuss searching for and finding cemetery records. Phil DiBlasi, staff archaeologist at the University of Louisville, will highlight cemetery preservation and mapping techniques.

Following a boxed lunch, Mike Higgs, from Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, will provide participants with hands-on training in the basics of stone repair at the Frankfort Cemetery.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for KHS members and $20 for all other patrons. Registration and pre-payment are required by June 21. For more information or to register, contact Johnson at 502-564-1792, ext. 4404 or by email at AnnG.Johnson@ky.gov

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