Resources to Assist in Preservation of Historic Cemeteries
What resources does the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program offer for cemetery preservation?
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program offers a number of services and materials to assist individuals and groups in the preservation of historic cemeteries. Most materials and services are either free or available for a small charge.
National Register of Historic Places nomination packets
Grave Concerns: A Preservation Manual for Historic Cemeteries in Arkansas
Grave Concerns (1880 KB)
Tales of the Crypt: A Living History Project for the Preservation of Arkansas's Historic Cemeteries
Individual technical assistance on preservation issues, educational projects, and related concerns.
Technical assistance brochures on stained glass, cast iron and other materials in a historic cemetery
Workshops on cemetery related topics for classrooms, cemetery caretakers, historical societies, civic organizations and other interested groups.
Speakers Walking Tours: The AHPP offers a series of walking tours that focus on a variety of historic sites. Some of these tours are directed at cemeteries around the state.
Lesson Plans on historic cemeteries for schools, scout groups, church groups, and other related organizations
- Search for Cemeteries listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Search for Cemeteries listed on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places.
Association for Gravestone Studies may be contacted: this group offers resources, a newsletter, workshops and other cemetery related items. A good source for books on cemeteries. You may contact them by writing: AGS, 101 Munson Street, Suite 108, Greenfield, MA, 01301 or visiting their website at www.gravestonestudies.org.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation published a pamphlet titled Preservation of Historic Burial Grounds (Information Series No. 76, 1993) that might be of interest. Call their national headquarters at (202) 588-6000 , write NTHP at 2600 Virginia Ave, NW, Ste. 1000, Washington DC 20037 or visit their website at http://www.preservationnation.org/
The National Register of Historic Places published Bulletin 41, Guidelines for Evaluating and Registering Cemeteries and Burial Places. The bulletin lists a number of resources, as well as related bulletins on the subject of burial grounds. This agency keeps a list of every cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Write: to National Park Service, Natyional Register of Historic Places, 1849 C Street, NW (2280), Washington, DC 20240, call (202) 343-9559 or visit http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/.
The AHPP can provide information on professional conservators for repair and preservation of gravemarkers.