April 17 a workshop on caring for historic cemeteries and burial grounds will be held on the campus of Shippensburg University from 2:30-5:30 pm in the Ceddia Union Building. The workshop will provide practical information to assist cemetery caretakers to protect the resources in their care. The cost for the workshop is $20 that also includes dinner at the Faculty Dining Room in Reisner Dining Hall.
The workshop’s program will include information about developing a conservation plan, building organizational capacity, and finding the financial support to care for your sacred site. This is an opportunity for sharing ideas and for networking with other caretakers from across central Pennsylvania. This workshop is open to all cemetery caretakers and all interested community members who wish to improve their ability to care for historic burial grounds. The workshop is limited to twenty-five participants.
Following the workshop, at 7 p.m. in Shippensburg’s Old Main Chapel, Dr. Steven Burg will deliver the South Mountain Partnership’s Speaker Series spring talk entitled, “Hallowed Grounds, Endangered History: Preserving the Historic African American Burial Grounds of the South Mountain Region.” The talk will be followed by a moderated roundtable featuring Lenwood Sloan, Barbara Barksdale, and Larry Knudson who will discuss the Hallowed Grounds project and their ongoing efforts to preserve African American cemeteries.
The workshop is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project, the South Mountain Partnership, and the Shippensburg University History/Philosophy Department’s Applied History program. Registration and additional information on the workshop can be found online at https://pahallowedground-workshop.eventbrite.com. The Hallowed Grounds, Endangered History talk in Old Main Chapel is free and open to the public.