Program – Inaugural Meeting of NY Chapter of AGS

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So even though I have already posted a few times about the upcoming inaugural meeting of the New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS), I just received the program via email last night, and I am super excited about presenting – so I’m posting about it again! Below is the program for the event, followed by some location/schedule details.

The New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) is pleased to announce its inaugural meeting. The event will take place on November 2, 2013, at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, from 9 am to 5 pm. 
See below for the program and further information about the meeting. Please forward this announcement to colleagues and other interested parties. 

9:00 to 9:30 am: Check-in and coffee
9:30 to 9:45 am: Welcome

Opening Remarks and Introduction to AGS, Mark Nonestied, President, AGS

Introduction to the NY Chapter of AGS, Eva Bowerman, Chair of the NY Chapter of AGS

9:45 to 10:45 am: Papers

Romanticism and Ruralism: Changing Nineteenth Century American Perceptions of the Natural World as Reflected in Gravestone Iconography, Paige Doerner, Public Historian, Rochester, NY

Rocks and Stones: Basic Materials Overview, Ta Mara Conde, Head Conservator, Historic Gravestone Services, New Salem, MA

10:45 to 11:15 am: Break for refreshments and group photo

11:15 to 11:45 am: Paper

Egyptian Revival Funerary Art & Architecture in New York City, Elizabeth Broman, Reference Librarian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY

11:45 am to 12:45 pm: Presentations

The Archives of the Association for Gravestone Studies: An Overview, Jenny Swadosh, Archives Committee Chair and Trustee, Association for Gravestone Studies, New York, NY

Public Programming at Green-Wood, Chelsea Dowell, Manager of Programs and Membership, Green-Wood Cemetery, New York, NY

Contemporary Conservation Techniques for Slate Gravestones, Linsly Boyer, Assistant Art Conservator, Art Conservation Group, New York, NY

Finding Funding for Gravestone Preservation, Susan Mathisen, President, SAM Fundraising Solutions, New York, NY

12:45 to 1:45 pm: Lunch (not provided; please bring your own lunch)

1:45 to 4:00 pm: Trolley tour led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman (at a discounted rate of $10 per person, payable by check or cash) or self-guided visit

4:00 to 5:00 pm: Self-guided visit


The event will take place in the Chapel and on the grounds of Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11232. For directions please see Green-Wood is easily accessible by subway and parking is available on-site.
Coffee will be provided throughout the morning sessions and refreshments will be provided during the break. Lunch is not included; please make your own arrangements. Lunch can be eaten on the grounds of the cemetery, or in the Chapel if the weather is inclement.
T-shirts of the NY Chapter of AGS will be for sale for $20 (payable by cash or check) to support the Chapter. Maps of Green-Wood will be available, and there will be the opportunity to purchase guidebooks to Green-Wood at a discounted rate.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to or on the NY Chapter of AGS Facebook Page at RSVPs are much appreciated.
The meeting is organized by Eva Bowerman, Chapter Chair of the NY Chapter of AGS, and Linsly Boyer, Secretary of the NY Chapter of AGS. For questions about the event please email
Further Information about AGS: 

To learn more about The Association for Gravestone Studies, please go to or

You can find more information about the recently formed NY Chapter of AGS and its events on Facebook at

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I am SUPER excited for the other presentations – they sound absolutely fascinating, as do their presenters. (By the way – if any of the other presenters happen to stumble across this and want to add in an abstract/teaser for their paper, I would love to share it). All in all, it should be a fascinating conference, and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to present my work to such a relevant community of history/material culture enthusiasts.

Now, to actually create that presentation… (I will post a teaser of the talk/visual presentation when I actually have it finished!) Again, you can check out my graduate research, Romanticism and Ruralismhere – it is what I am going to be basing my discussion off of (obviously I will be focusing in on the cemetery/gravestone iconography section). I am thinking that the chapter meeting will also be an awesome opportunity for me to network with people in my field, and spread the word a bit about the type of history that I am looking to do. I will have business cards – so anyone that is able to come, make sure to grab one from me!

More to come in the near future!


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