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April 16, 2019

Contact: Cayla Lewis
Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.
Office: 405-525-5325

Preservation Oklahoma and Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism to Host Gravestone Conservation Workshop

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — On May 2–3, 2019, Preservation Oklahoma, Inc., and Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism will host a two-day Gravestone Conservation workshop at the Tahlequah Public Cemetery. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost is $50 for both days, including lunch and materials. Participants may attend one or both days, but space is limited. This workshop is possible due to the generous support of the Cherokee Nation. Tickets for the workshop may be purchased at www.preservationok.org/gravestone-workshop.

Jonathan Appell, a member of the Preservation Trades Network, will lead a hands-on, interactive training for participants, covering topics including how to reset stones and repair fragmented stones, appropriate repair materials, use of infill material, and methods for repointing and cleaning masonry.

Appell will offer a similar, one-day workshop at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa the following day, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a light lunch. Tickets for the one-day event will be $35.

Appell is a professional gravestone and masonry conservation specialist with expertise in cemetery preservation planning. He has performed gravestone preservation and planning projects on many historically significant cemeteries throughout the United States, including Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC; The Granary in Boston, Massachusetts; Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York; First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina; and New Haven Crypt in New Haven, Connecticut.

For more information, please contact Cayla Lewis at 405-525-5325 or director@preservationok.org.

The Overholser Mansion is an affiliate of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.  

About Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.:
Preservation Oklahoma, Incorporated, is the state's only private, nonprofit membership organization that is dedicated to promoting, supporting and coordinating historic preservation activities throughout the state. Preservation Oklahoma’s mission is to promote preservation statewide. Founded in 1992, Preservation Oklahoma is a statewide partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and works on joint projects with the Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). More information can be found at www.preservationok.org.


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