Prince George's County, Maryland, Cemetery Preservation Manual

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Prince George's County, Maryland, Cemetery Preservation Manual

Title:

Prince George's County, Maryland, Cemetery Preservation Manual

Author:

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Prince George's County Planning Department

Publication Date:
12/01/2010
Source of Copies:

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Number of Pages:
76
Issuu Document Name:
cemetery_preservation_manual

Historic cemeteries contain information on the county’s social, cultural, and historic heritage. Cemeteries provide genealogical data and information on the history of a particular place, religious practice, and lifestyle. They also display the folk art of tombstone carving and preserve the natural features of the landscape. Regrettably, many cemeteries-especially family burial plots-have been abandoned and suffer from neglect. This manual provides information on the types of cemeteries present in Prince George’s County, why it is important to preserve cemeteries, how to develop a cemetery preservation plan, where to look for funding, and how to research and survey historic cemeteries. Guidance is offered on basic preservation techniques, including initial clean-up, regular maintenance, gravestone cleaning, repairs, resetting gravestones, and selecting a skilled conservator. The appendices provide a glossary of terms commonly used in cemetery research, survey, and preservation, how to identify cemetery features, sample survey forms, cemetery laws, and a bibliography. Through this manual, M-NCPPC hopes to bolster local cemetery preservation efforts and generate additional support for the protection of historic burial grounds.

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