INDIANA PIONEER CEMETERIES RESTORATION PROJECT
The state of Indiana is home to thousands of abandoned or neglected pioneer cemeteries, the oldest of which now approach 200 years. The goal of this project is to identify, protect, restore and preserve as many of these cemeteries as possible. This project was founded on the belief that we owe our pioneer ancestors a better monument than a forgotten grave amid bramble and thicket.
The Indiana Pioneer Cemeteries Restoration Project was begun in October 1997 as an effort to generate public awareness about the neglected pioneer cemeteries of Indiana. Many volunteers have join this effort.
This page is maintained by L. A. CLUGH State Coordinator 2005 - 2020
READ ABOUT THE PROCESS
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Indiana laws pertaining to
cemeteries & Government
|Indiana Historic Bureau Cemetery Heritage Signs|| Links to Other Sites Relating
to Cemeteries and history
If you have questions about a lost cemetery or other questions about
laws or destruction.
Search this database, where you may find more information on your
Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database
of a past workshop in 2007
Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm and attendance. Remember to share what you have learned in the restoration process. It was good to meet you Jeff Harris and Catherine too. Thank you for all you do for these workshops. Feel free to ask more questions on the email list that is linked below.
I enjoyed meeting everyone today. L.A. Clugh
A really great book for identifing symbols.
Stories in Stone, A field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography.
By Douglas Keister. Bibbs Smith Publishing, Salt Lake City
If the index finger pointed up, this is the sign of
preservation, also called the Sign of Heaven and Earth,
and means whatever came from Heaven must also return. If the hands are clasped, it is a farewell to marriage.
If the hands are praying, it is a plea for eternal life. If the hand is upturned and has the index and middle finger
pointing up, this is called the Sign of Blessing, or the Christogram, and it brings blessings to those left behind.
There is also workshops and videos on Cleaning and Resetting
monuments by the
Nation Center for Preservation and Technology and Training. Click the links at the top left.
Symbols information on Tombstones. Linked pages I've found.
|Symbols [pdf]||Fraternal Symbols|
|Symbols glossary DHPA||Reading Hebrew tombstones|
|Tombstone Latin||UK Tombstone Art|
|A Grave Interest [history]||Epitaphs|
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View workshop photos
A Graveyard Preservation Primer by Lynette Strangstad "Written for non-professional and professional preservationists involved in small to mid-size graveyard preservation projects, this basic primer explains in step-by-step fashion how to preserve and restore a graveyard. After reading the suggestions outlined in this book, you will be able to plan a well organized preservation project. In this way the common mistakes and waste of resources that characterize many well-intentioned graveyard preservation efforts can be avoided. Restoration is discussed with recommendations as to what lay people should and should not undertake." 144 pages with index and illustrations. Order from Association Gravestone Studies website.
Take a look at carvers tools from the March AGS day 2012
Look for the Indiana Chapter on Facebook
Thank you for sharing Ron Bell from Lawrence County IN.
View a stone carver at work Karin Sprague
A note about this project: This project is an independent project started by Scott Satterthwaite. It is not affiliated with the US Gen Web or any other existing project. Many Indiana counties currently have active associations or groups that are fulfilling the goals of this project. Many more have nothing at all in place. We would like the INPCRP to become a way to centralize and coordinate these existing efforts and to launch new ones. Of course, participation is voluntary, and it is our desire that nobody feels obligated to volunteer.
Do not copy or redistribute this information without citing this web site as it's source. If you have any suggestions on ways to improve this site, better ways to handle any aspect of this project, or would like to adopt a county, please send us an email.
This page is maintained by L. A. CLUGH State Coordinator
Our thanks to Ancestry.com & Rootsweb for sponsoring these WebPages.
Thank you to past State Coordinators; Lois Mauk & Scott Satterthwaite & Lois Mauk.