Workshop April 17 to focus on care of historic cemeteries

Shippensburg University will host a workshop April 17 on caring for historic cemeteries and burial grounds.

The workshop, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building, 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 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. 

Following the workshop, at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel, Dr. Steven Burg, professor and chair of Shippensburg's history and philosophy department, will deliver the South Mountain Partnership’s Speaker Series spring talk “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.

That talk is free and open to the public.

Registration and additional information on the workshop can be found  online at