Preservation of Historic Cemeteries
Cultural and Historic Preservation
The American landscape is rich in cemeteries, ranging from 17th-century family burying grounds to 18th-century churchyards to "garden cemeteries" from the time of the American Civil War. This course introduces students to cemetery landscapes, iconographic analysis of markers and techniques of preservation. Students and faculty collaborate on a thorough study of a local cemetery, tracing its history and mapping its preservation needs. During the fall 2010 semester, students will complete a preservation plan for St. Mary's Cemetery, a Roman Catholic cemetery on Newport's Warner Street that dates from the 1850s.