Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Host Cemetery-Preservation Workshop
Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will host a cemetery-preservation workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 27 that will focus on protecting and preserving family burial grounds. Preregistration is required by September 19.
Genealogists, preservationists, archeologists, and government officials will discuss the increasing problem of safeguarding the cemeteries and burial grounds of the commonwealth. The workshop will be held at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.
Jim Kastner, director of the KHS reference library, will discuss KHS’s collection of cemetery records. Bill Morris of the Kentucky Genealogical Society and Lois Hubbard of the Department of Transportation will speak on their organizations’ involvement with cemetery preservation.
Certain speakers will focus on key topics and will educate attendees of the potential obstacles in cemetery preservation. Phil DiBlasi, a staff archaeologist at the University of Louisville, will discuss general cemetery-preservation issues and the Law of Antiquity. Lisa Sanden, president of the Fayette County Cemetery Trust, will share general fund-raising information. Sheryl D. Meador of the Department of Vital Statistics will address the permit process for moving a cemetery. Mary Hatton from the Eastern State Hospital preservation project will speak on the current project for the hospital’s cemeteries.
The registration fee is $25 for KHS members and $30 for nonmembers, which includes a box lunch and an afternoon reception. Registration forms can be downloaded through the KHS Web site. Registration forms and payment must be received by Friday, September 19. Seating is limited.
For more information about the workshop, contact Ann Johnson at 502-564-1792, ext. 4404. To register for the workshop, contact Julia Curry at 502-564-1792, ext. 4414.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, since 1836, has provided connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future. KHS operates the Old State Capitol, the Kentucky Military History Museum, and its headquarters, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Since 1999, the thirty-million-dollar Center has welcomed more than one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web site.