Cemetery Research · Fountaindale Public Library District · Workshops and Events

Boardman Cemetery Restoration Workshop Registration Opens May 1, 2018! – Tombstone Tuesday

IMG_5995Have you ever wanted to learn the first steps of repairing and cleaning headstones?  Are you interested in improving a private family burial site and don’t know where to start?  Learn the basics of headstone repair and restoration at a two-day Boardman Cemetery Restoration Workshop on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.  Registration is free and limited to 30 participants.

The cemetery, located off Royce Road on Paxson Drive, is free and open to the public to visit during the restoration workshop weekend.

The workshop is designed as a two-day program with a welcome orientation at 9:15 am on Saturday, June 9 in Meeting Room A at the Fountaindale Public Library. The workshop will continue at Boardman Cemetery for the remainder of Saturday and all day Sunday.

This library-hosted program is funded in part by DuPage Township, the Village of Bolingbrook, and with a grant written by the Bolingbrook Historic Preservation Commission.  Breakfast and lunch are provided for both days of the program.

During the workshop, you’ll gain hands on experience identifying, cleaning and repairing grave markers with Christine Hillmann of Chris’s Cemetery Preservation INC.  To fully participate in the program, attendees should bring the following items:

  • Gloves (leather work gloves, jersey work gloves and rubber gloves)
  • Cell phone
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Boots
  • Safety goggles
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Insect repellent
  • Tongue depressors, wooden paint stirrers or “popsicle sticks” (Buy these at a craft store)
  • Clean rags
    Soft Bristle brushes. Toothbrushes and denture brushes work well
  • Portable Camp Chair
  • OPTIONAL – D/2 or Keystone Biological Solution

Registration for the weekend workshop opens Tuesday, May 1, 2018.  Reserve your space by registering online at https://goo.gl/forms/QL4GtGa9Vsie8iKQ2  or by calling (630) 685-4201.  Look for workshop updates on the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club blog and on the Boardman Cemetery Facebook Page.

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