Cemetery and Gravestone Care Workshop
October 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ta Mara Conde, owner of Historic Gravestone Services (New Salem, MA) and member of the Association of Gravestone Studies, will lead participants through gravestone cleaning and conservation at the Second Family Cemetery.
Ta Mara Conde has been conserving and restoring historic gravestones since 1998, beginning as an apprentice with Fred Oakly who was the head of conservation for the Association of Gravestone Studies. She continued studying conservation techniques through several institutions including the Association of Gravestone Studies, the National Park Service and Cathedral Stone Products Certification Program. Ta Mara uses hands-on workshops to educate cemetery employees and the public about proper conservation techniques across the United States and Canada.
The Second Family Cemetery is located about a mile from the Museum near the location of the Shaker Second Family. To get to the cemetery from our parking lot, take a left onto Route 4A heading south. Follow the road for about a mile. This will take you past the location of the Enfield Second Family where two Shaker buildings still stand. Turn left onto Bassy Lane. The Second Family Cemetery will be on the right.