Cemetery Preservation


Learn how to begin a cemetery preservation or restoration project and how to help ensure that sound choices are made to avoid harming what you seek to protect. Discussions focus on current issues in cemetery preservation, such as recording and documenting cemeteries and graveyards, undertaking preservation efforts, and exploring conservation techniques and issues.

Detailed Agenda


Debi Hacker, conservation administrator, Chicora Foundation, Inc., specializing in cemetery landscapes, including assessments and maintenance recommendations, and has experience conducting detailed recordation of both African-American and Euro-American cemeteries throughout the Southeast

Michael Trinkley, Ph.D., director, Chicora Foundation, Inc., and a stone conservator specializing in cemetery preservation, including assessments, treatments, and long-range planning, and has extensive experience working with African-American and Euro-American cemeteries in the Southeast

Evaluation Comments

"I was able to see how thoroughly one should prepare for cemetery preservation."

"[The seminar] gave me a new way to look to preserving the cemetery. It covered more than I thought."

"Exceeded in broad scope of topics covered and materials provided and shared."

"I am presently responsible for planning development. Many items I hadn't considered are now clarified and will be included."

"All my questions were confirmed, answered, or given excellent research possibilities."

"I got information that I can use immediately. Good hands-on information about preservation, maintenance, and the importance of inventory in the maintenance program."

"I am leaving greatly enriched and educated. I see more clearly what I need to do and how."


Curators and managers of historic cemeteries; preservation consultants

Related Trainings

Cemetery Landscapes: A Practical Guide to Care and Maintenance

Customized Training

This in-person seminar is currently not scheduled, however NPI offers customized training to meet specific organizational needs at a location and time convenient for the sponsor. In-person seminars, online, on-demand courses, and/or webinars may be based on current NPI offerings or new preservation-related training may be developed.


Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or info@npi.org.


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