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 

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 can be requested by contacting our office at 501-324-9880 or [email protected]

  • The AHPP can also provide information on professional conservators for repair and preservation of gravemarkers.

Technical assistance brochures on stained glass, cast iron and other materials in a historic cemetery can be requested by contacting our office at 501-324-9880 or [email protected]kansaspreservation.com .

Wolf Cemetery

Workshops on cemetery related topics for classrooms, cemetery caretakers, historical societies, civic organizations and other interested groups can be led by members of our staff.  To set up a workshop or presentation, please contact our office by phone or email.

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.  Our online archive of previous tour scripts can be found HERE.

Lesson Plans on historic cemeteries for schools, scout groups, church groups, and other related organizations are also available from our office.  More information on our Education Outreach Program can be found HERE.

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Association for Gravestone Studies 

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.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

This site has a wide range of technical and informational articles about cemetery care and restoration.  View articles and information at their website:  https://www.ncptt.nps.gov/articles/cemetery-conservation/

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

This group 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 Park Service, National Register of Historic Places office

This group 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, National Register of Historic Places, 1849 C Street, NW (2280), Washington, DC 20240, call (202) 343-9559 or visit http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/.

Blackwell Cemetery 

Videos

Arkansas Haunted Historic Sites: Cemeteries