Shippensburg University will host a workshop on caring for historic cemeteries and burial grounds from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. this Thursday in the Ceddia Union Building on campus.
The workshop is open to all cemetery caretakers and all interested community members who wish to improve their ability to care for historic burial grounds.
It will include information about developing a conservation plan, building organization capacity and finding the financial support to care for hallowed ground. The workshop also is an opportunity to share ideas and to network with other caretakers from across central Pennsylvania.
The workshop is limited to 25 participants, and the $20 admission fee includes dinner in Reisner Dining Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project, the South Mountain Partnership and the university’s applied history program in the history and philosophy department.
Following the workshop, at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel, professor and chair of Shippensburg’s history and philosophy department Steven Burg will deliver the South Mountain Partnership’s Speaker Series spring talk, titled “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 talk is free and open to the public.
Registration and additional information on the workshop can be found online at https://pahallowedground-workshop.eventbrite.com.