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Northern Waters Genealogical Society Meeting “Saving Our Stones: A Program on Tombstone Restoration and Preservation” with Speaker Jarrod Roll
October 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Northern Waters Genealogical Society invites you to their next meeting on Tuesday, October 4 from 3-5 pm at the Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park Street.
This month’s program will be “Saving Our Stones: A Program on Tombstone Restoration and Preservation” with Speaker Jarrod Roll. Because birth and death records were poorly kept until the early 1900s, gravestones often are the only way to reliably document vital genealogical information. Many times, the stones included additional details about a person’s life that are being lost the longer the stone is left to deteriorate.
When our ancestors laid carved stones to mark the graves of loved ones, they probably thought the stones would last forever. But time and the elements have eroded away the stones, leaving just a hint of the original markings. While little can be done to undo the damage, proper cleaning can help stop further deterioration.
Guest speaker, Jarrod Roll, of Onalaska, Wis., is a Monroe County historian and director of the Monroe County Local History Room and Museum in Sparta, Wis. He is a professional gravestone cleaner/preservationist and owner of Save Your Stones. His many presentations and workshops present information on how to properly care for gravestones.
All persons interested in genealogy and family history are welcome to attend. For more information, please call 715-686-7339.