Topic ID #20214 - posted 5/31/2012 1:35 AM

Association for Gravestone Studies Conference at Monmouth University

Jennifer Palmer

fwd from the ASNJ list:

Please find below information related to the 2012 Association for Gravestone Studies Conference at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Feel free to pass this along to any interested parties.


Richard Veit

Conference co-chair

“In Every Conceivable Style”: Diversity in New Jersey

2012 AGS Conference, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

Registration deadline extended until June 8, 2012

Registration is now open for the 35th Annual Association for Gravestone Studies Conference at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, June 19 - 24, 2012.

The conference includes over 50 workshops and lectures on a variety of historic gravestone and cemetery topics. Guided tours of historic burial grounds will also take place including specially designed tours highlighting New Jersey’s colonial, Victorian and ethnic cemeteries.

Hands-on workshops on cemetery preservation, photography, ground penetrating radar surveying, stone carving, and cemetery field recording are scheduled.

A wide variety of lectures are also scheduled, including themed series such as international night, and various talks on New Jersey, heritage tourism and preservation, untold stories, and memory and mourning. Other lectures cover the following topics: Early nineteenth century New Jersey gravestone carver John Frazee, the eighteenth century gravestone carvers of Newark, African-American burial societies of Washington D.C., documenting Jewish cemeteries in the Caribbean, mourning jewelry, New Jersey folk gravemarkers, the nineteenth century Vermont marble industry, understanding Latin in sepulchral inscriptions, gravesites of civil war soldiers, Jewish gravemarkers in Gujarat, India, the Mountaineers’ Cemetery in Zermatt, Switzerland and more.

Lecturers and workshop leaders will be traveling from all over the United States, as well as from Canada, Australia, Europe, and India, to attend the conference.

A sales and exhibit room and a silent auction are also scheduled for the conference.

The full conference schedule and registration information are available on the Association for Gravestone Studies website at

For more information please contact conference co-chairs Mark Nonestied ( or Richard Veit (


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