Part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month
Presented by Ta Mara Conde, Historic Gravestone Services
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
Burial grounds are outdoor museum: accessible and open to all. The stones reveal the history of the town and its people. Join Ta Mara Conde, a monument conservator with Historic Gravestone Services, for a visual tour of America through its early burial grounds. Discover the meaning behind symbols adorning historic gravestones, understand society's changing attitudes toward death, and learn about the geology found in your local burial ground. Unearth the stories hidden in the stones.
About the speaker: Ta Mara Conde has been conserving and restoring historic grave stones since 1998, beginning as an apprentice with Fred Oakly who was the head of conservation for the Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS). She continued studying conservation techniques through several institutions including AGS, the National Parks Service, and Cathedral Stone Products Certification Program. She started Historic Gravestone Services (HGS) in 2007 to provide professional restoration services for grave markers, monuments, sculpture, and other historic stone works using historically accurate materials and standard artifact conservation techniques. Ta Mara has taught conservation workshops through Greenfield Community College and continues to use hands-on workshops to educate cemetery employees and the public about proper conservation techniques across the US and Canada.