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Workshop Agenda


Keynote Speaker,  Ruth Little – “Why I Love Cemeteries”: Keynote presenter Ruth Little will reflected on her extensive research on public and private cemeteries and observations of significant grave markers and history.

Session IVolunteer Practices and Advocacy with Ashley Deans, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Resource Manager & Jane Thurman, Raleigh City Cemeteries Preservation President, & member of the Raleigh Historic Cemeteries Advisory Board: Jane and Ashley discussed the benefit of volunteer partnerships, advocacy, and public/private partnerships for cemeteries.

Session II: Legal Concerns in Managing Public Cemeteries with Tanya Marsh, Professor of Law, Wake Forest University Law School & Rusty Tysor, Executive Director – North Carolina Cemetery Association. Tanya and Rusty discussed laws related to the public/non-profit funeral service provider and various modern laws related to death and the deceased.

Session III: Panel Discussion – Moderated by Christy Cornell, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. This eight person panel of experts discussed their areas of expertise to educate participant on how to best manage their local government cemeteries.

Session IV: Cemetery Tour and Restoration Workshop Lead by Jane Thurman, Dean Ruedrich, Ruedrich Restorations  – This “field trip” provided a short, interactive tour of the 18th century historic Raleigh City Cemetery. The tour included a brief overview of the City’s history as told through the stories of those interred there as well as present restoration and conservation techniques including a discussion about safe preservation and maintenance practices as well as demonstrate a restoration project in the process.

Session V: GIS Presentation with Eric Wilson, GIS Developer at KCI – Eric guided participants through the process of data collection methods and the use of modern GIS technology to manage cemetery information.

Session IV: Cemetery Study Analysis Findings with Alyssa Brown, MPA – Alyssa discussed recommended methodology to assess operations and practices of municipal cemeteries.

Session VII: Swap Shop Discussion – “Where do We go Next?” Moderated by Pete Armstrong, Recreation Resources Service Director – This moderated group discussion addressed many topics including current trends parks and recreation departments are experiencing and how they are overcoming challenges.

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