Gravestone Studies Group Meeting At Hartsdale Pet Cemetery

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Hartsdale Pet CemeteryThe New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) has announce its fall meeting has been set for Saturday, September 29, 2018.

The event will take place from 10 am to 3:30 pm in Hartsdale, NY (in Westchester County). Talks will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and the walking tour will be held at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery.

Schedule as follows:

10 to 10:45 am: Check-in; coffee and refreshments

10:45 to 11:15 am: Gravestone Letterform Primer: A Comparative Study of Incised Letterforms and Typography with Lynne Baggett, Professor of Graphic Design, Louisiana State University (School of Art).

11:15 to 11:45 am: Why White Marble Gravestones Don’t Stay White with Judy Jacob, Senior Conservator, National Park Service, Northeast Regional Office.

11:45 am to 12:15 pm: The Struggle is Real: Writing National Register Nominations for Cemeteries with Marena Wisniewski, State Register Coordinator, Environmental Reviewer, State Historic Preservation Office, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

12:15 to 1 pm: Break for lunch and group photo; bring your own lunch.

1 to 1:45 pm: Hartsdale Pet Cemetery: A Short History of Animal Love and Remembrance with Mary Thurston, Hartsdale Pet Cemetery Historian.

1:45 to 2:15 pm: Exhibiting Among the Dead: Contemporary Art in Cemeteries with Allison C. Meier, history and culture writer.

2:15 to 2:30 pm: Break; walk to cemetery.

2:30 to 3:30 pm: Cemetery walking tour led by Mary Thurston, Hartsdale Pet Cemetery Historian ($10 suggested donation to help cover meeting costs, payable at check-in by cash or check). Hartsdale Pet Cemetery closes at 4:30 pm. Attendees are welcome to explore the cemetery until that time.

Spaces are very limited and RSVPs are required. Register through Eventbrite or by email to

Suggested donation for attendance is $10 per person ($5 for members of AGS, seniors and students) to help cover meeting costs and support the chapter. Donations (payable by cash or check) will be collected at the event.

The talks will take place at St. Andrew’s Church, 104 North Washington Avenue, Hartsdale, NY. The walking tour will take place at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, 100 North Washington Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530. The cemetery entrance is a 2-minute walk from the church. Free parking is available at the church.

Note that the postal address for the church (used by Google maps) is 101 North Central Avenue, but the church is not accessible from that street address. Make sure to use the 104 North Washington Avenue address instead.

Coffee will be provided throughout the meeting, and refreshments will be available at check-in. Bring your own lunch; lunch will not be provided.

For questions contact

Photo of Hartsdale Pet Cemetery provided.

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