Workshop, presentation to focus on historic cemeteries April 17

A workshop and presentation on preserving historic cemeteries are set for April 17 at Shippensburg University. The workshop is 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building and the talk is at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project, the South Mountain Partnership and Shippensburg's applied history program in the history and philosophy department.

The lecture is program is part of the South Mountain Speaker series and is sponsored by Shippensburg University, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the South Mountain Partnership.

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. The workshop is limited to 25 participants. Cost is $20 and includes dinner in Reisner Dining Hall.

The workshop will provide practical information to assist cemetery caretakers to protect the resources in their care. It will include information about developing a conservation plan, building organizational capacity and finding the financial support to care for a sacred site. It is an opportunity to share ideas and to network with other caretakers from across central Pennsylvania.

The free, public lecture following the workshop will feature Dr. Steven Burg, professor and chair of the history and philosophy department. His talk is “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.

Registration and additional information on the workshop are online at

The South Mountain Partnership, sparked by DCNR’s Conservation Landscape Initiative, is a group of citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and government representatives in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties, working together to protect and enhance the landscape.

Information about the partnership is available at