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Cemetery Preservation Workshop – Elizabeth, NJ

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm



May 29
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
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Old First Cemetery, New Jersey
42 Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201 United States
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(908) 354-0016
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Join us at Old First Cemetery in Elizabeth, NJ!
The event is co-hosted by Siloam Hope First Presbyterian Church
All 48 State Tour events are 100% FREE & OPEN to the public
9am-3pm (local time).


  • Participate in gravestone cleaning and learn the most common safe & effective repair techniques!
  • A discussion on historic preservation will begin the day with a short walk and talk tour, visually surveying some of the most historic gravestones and monuments in need of repair.
  • Safe & effective removal of biological activity w/ approved stone cleaners & graffiti removal + prevention. HANDS ON! Adopt a stone and perform the cleaning process yourself.
  • The most common repair techniques will be discussed and performed including resetting a badly leaning or sunken tablet stone and joining broken gravestone fragments using epoxy, clamps, and bracing techniques.
  • *If time allows* we will employ an overhead, lifting tripod and demonstrate how to rig and lift monuments safely.
  • *If time allows* we will review materials required and the process involved in replacing eroded or lost stone with the use of a stone infill material, including preparation, application and curing of mortars.



We recommend bringing water, snacks and any other essentials you feel that you may need. For example, a chair for breaks, hat, sunscreen, etc. We recommend wearing closed toe shoes and appropriate clothing if planning to participate. For further questions or concerns regarding this event, please contact us!