Introduction to Gravestone and Monument Preservation
Instructor: Jason Harpe
Early-Bird Registration Fee: $1,100
Regular Registration: $1,150
In this course, registrants will learn about gravestone and monument types and forms, as well as the types of stone employed in the creation of these types and forms. Registrants will receive a packet of material that includes, but is not limited to, current and historic literature on cemeteries, conservation, online resources, research tips for learning more about gravestones and monuments, and lists of
property conservation materials. They will learn the basics of cleaning/treating with proper cleaners and resetting gravestones and monuments of different sizes and forms. The instructor will provide instruction on how to use the proper tools and equipment for cleaning and resetting, and how to determine levels of deterioration and approaches to professional treatment.
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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.