Advanced Gravestone and Monument Preservation
Instructor: Jason Harpe
Early-Bird Registration Fee: $900
Regular Registration: $950
In this course, the instructor will provide instruction on various epoxies, mortars, compounds, and other materials for advanced conservation. Registrants will learn advanced methods of lifting, hoisting, manipulating, and leveraging materials to reset and conserve gravestones and monuments. Real-world scenarios will be a priority in the course, while providing ample time for questions and discussions. The
instructor will point out and address inappropriate repairs, maintenance issues, and a work towards a tailored supply list of equipment and materials for difference scenarios such as family burying grounds, churchyards, and municipal cemeteries.
Registrants will receive hands-on training in Mt. Carroll's historic city cemetery. Nearly all of the training will take place in the field, albeit inclement weather, and the instructor will provide printed materials on the first day of the course.
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A native Charlottean, Jason L. Harpe received his undergraduate degree in History and Master's degree in Public History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. For twenty years, Harpe has been the Executive Director of Lincoln County Historical Association and Lincoln County Museum of History in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He has authored and edited publications such as Valley Ablaze: Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley, Images of America: Lincoln County, Images of America: Lincoln County Revisited, Images of America: Lincolnton -From the Collection of Clyde C."Baby Ray" Cornwell, Images of Sports: Lincoln County, In Our Own Words: The Story of Lincoln County, and Two Centuries of Potters: A Catawba Valley Tradition. In 2008, Harpe started Harpe Consulting, L.L.C., which specializes in gravestone and monument conservation, cultural resources consulting services, research,writing and publishing. He received his certification in Gravestone and Monument Conservation from the International Preservation Studies Center in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.
Additionally, he owns Harpe Supply, an upstart supply company specializing in leather works. Harpe lives in Lincolnton, North Carolina.