Ohio Cemetery Preservation Society -- What's New







(By County)


JULY 14, 2003
Demonstration: Katie Karrick
Topic: How to Reading Fading Inscriptions
6:45 P.M. - Woodvale Cemetery
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MAY 12, 2003
Speaker: Bill Halley
Topic: Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
7 P.M. -- Independence Civic Center


APRIL 26, 2003
Rededication of Brooklyn Union Burying Ground
Cuyahoga County

Here is the rededication program and a history of the burying ground.


APRIL 14, 2003
Speaker: Joe Hannibal
Topic: Why Are There So Many Marble Gravestones in Northeastern Ohio?
7 P.M. -- Mayfield Regional Branch
Cuyahoga County Library


JUNE 8, 2002
Rededication of Brooklyn Union Burying Ground
Cuyahoga County

Here is the rededication program and a history of the burying ground.


OCTOBER 21, 2001
Independence Cemetery Walk
Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County Genealogy Society is celebrating "Family History Month" in October by conducting a walk through two Independence Cemeteries on Sunday, October 21. Mary Kay Wisnieski will be the guide. She is the author of Cemeteries of Independence Township. She will point out the graves of pioneers and call attention to unusual tombstones.
Join them at Hemlock Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. (Brecksville Road just north of LTV Steel -- look for the white picket fence). From there they will tour Maple Shade Cemetery at the corner of Brecksville & Rockside Roads. The walk will take approximately 1-1/2 hours. Rain date will be October 28.

AUGUST 25 & 26, 2001
Chester Township Cemetery
Geauga County

The OCPS 2-day CEMETERY PRESERVATION WORKSHOP was a wonderful success! Jim and Minxie Fannin of Fannin-Lehner Preservation Consultants demonstrated the safe correct methods to clean and reset stones and do simple repairs. Our hard-working participants cleaned, reset and repaired 15 stones before the heavy rain concluded our efforts on Sunday afternoon.
The workshop was held in the Chester Township Cemetery on SR 306 (north of Sherman Road) in Geauga County.
Future workshops will be planned. If you or your group are interested in planning or conducting preservation workshops, please contact us at
[email protected]

Reproductions of the Workshop Information Packets are available for $25.00. Please send you name, address and check to the above address.

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this workshop!

Did you see our display at the
Civil War Encampment & Reenactment at
Hale Farm & Village
in Bath, Ohio on August 12?
Katie Karrick (The Cemetery Lady) shared information about OCPS and our mission to help identify and preserve Civil War gravesites with the attendees and participants.

Coming Up in August 2003
We will host the Association for Gravestone Studies
Western Regional Conference
in Cleveland -- just in time for Ohio's Bicentennial Celebration! Why a "Western Regional Conference" in Ohio? Well, when Ohio became a state in 1803, many early settlers from "back east" thought of Ohio as the wild Western wilderness...

Please begin thinking about presentation and workshop topics -- those that focus on the Western Reserve or other specific areas in Ohio would be specially welcomed!
Want to get involved? We will be setting up conference committees and would appreciate your participation!

JUNE 2001
Did you see our display at the
Association for Gravestone Studies' 24th Annual National Conference and Meeting at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts
on June 21-24, 2001?

FEBRUARY 2, 2001
An eroding Lake Erie shoreline in Cleveland is bolstered with possibly hundreds of discarded gravestones. We need your help to verify replacements were made:

OCPS in the News!
Plain Dealer reporter, Brian Albrecht, helps us introduce our organization to Ohio readers.
Click here to read the story as printed in the Columbus Dispatch.





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