Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Preserving Grave Markers in Historic Cemeteries.


Cemeteries found across the country are not only places of burial, but they also provide a vivid record of community history. Whether large or small, well maintained or neglected, historic cemeteries are an important part of our cultural landscape. The vast richness of expression through form, decoration and materials informs our understanding of the individuals buried in historic cemeteries and their cultural signifi cance.

While cemeteries are often considered to be perpetual, their most prominent feature — the grave markers — are not. They weather, naturally decay, often are poorly maintained and repaired and, on occasion, are vandalized (Fig. 1). Grave markers are usually noteworthy not only for their inscriptions but also for their craftsmanship. Exceptional markers are considered works of art.

This Preservation Brief focuses on a single aspect of historic cemetery preservation — providing guidance for owners, property managers, administrators, inhouse maintenance staff , volunteers, and others who are responsible for or are interested in preserving and protecting grave markers. Besides describing grave marker materials and the risk factors that contribute to their decay, the Brief provides guidance for assessing their conditions and discusses maintenance programs and various preservation treatments.

Also identifi ed are a number of excellent references that address materials used in all grave markers, including several other Preservation Briefs (listed in Additional Reading). This Brief highlights particular issues that should be considered with historic grave markers.

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• City of Santa Clarita
• L.A. Conservancy


DOI Standards 2017


State Plan 2013/2017


Grave Markers 2016


Concrete 2007


Landscape Maintenance 1998


Landscapes 1994

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