Cemetery Workshop

Integrating Technology for Montana’s Historic Cemeteries.

Register for Workshop

Join us for a three-day workshop to demystify, explain, and demonstrate the wide variety of innovative technologies that can be used for cemetery preservation. The workshop will be in Helena, June 21-23, 2018 at the Radisson Colonial Hotel.

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Colonial Hotel.  Click on the following link and use the promo code HIST18:  Radisson Hotel Link

The workshop brings together specialists and community members to provide training and education using integrated technology.  This workshop is limited to 80 attendees on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration fee includes classroom training on Thursday, technology demonstrations on Friday, and field trips on Saturday.  This training qualifies as MT SHPO-approved Certified Local Government training for historic preservation officers and commission members and for PIR/continuing education credit for Montana educators.

Registration closes on May 15, 2018.

Three Days of Preservation Training!! Click here to see the schedule at a glance.

Day 1 Preservation Technology Workshop Presentations, Radisson Colonial Hotel, Helena. National and regional preservation experts will pre

sent the research and science behind a wide variety of cemetery preservation techniques, including GIS mapping, Ground Penetrating Radar, cadaver-sniffing dogs, and much more. Lunch and networking reception included.

Day 2  Technology Preservation Demonstrations, Forestvale Cemetery, Helena.  Experts in ground penetrating radar, canine forensics, global positioning systems, and other technologies will demonstrate their techniques in Helena’s largest cemetery. Lunch included. Optional bonus evening ghost walk included.

Day 3  Field Trips

9:30 am – 4 pm: Elkhorn Ghost Town
Join us for hands-on preservation training and observe a canine forensic team working in new territory. This is a working field trip, so please come prepared to help out and get dirty! Jeans, boots, and layered clothing recommended. Transport provided by passenger van. Sack lunch included. ** Note: some strenuous physical activity required at 7,000’ elevation; limited & primitive bathroom facilities.

9 am – 12 pm: Helena’s Historic Cemeteries
Join historian Dr. Ellen Baumler on a comfortable motor coach for an interpretive tour of some of Helena’s most beautiful and well-preserved cemeteries. Some walking required. Hear the stories behind Resurrection, Home of Peace, County Poor Farm, Benton Avenue cemeteries and more!

9 am – 12 pm Behind the Scenes with After-life Professionals
Join funeral director, Brianne Mulvaney, for an in-depth examination of the funeral process. Our journey will begin with a tour of Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home. This will be followed by a walk-through at Memorial Monuments, a headstone and burial vault workshop, to learn about how their tools assist in cemetery preservation. Our adventure will continue on to a visit with the Lewis and Clark County Coroner’s Office for questions and answers with the Coroner before finishing with a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Retz Funeral Home (est. 1926).  Transport provided by passenger van.

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This cemetery preservation workshop is funded in part by a grant from the National Park Service. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the Montana History Foundation and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.  This program was developed under a grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, a unit of the National Park Service. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the Montana History Foundation and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the National Park Service or the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.