Stone Conservation & Preservation
In partnership with the City of Portland who owns the acreage, Spirits Alive keeps an eye on this historic site and especially on its most valuable asset: the markers. We are creating a trained team of volunteers to clean and repair stones as needed under the Master Plan, passed by the City Council.
Join us in 2017!
The emphasis on these days is to practice of basic stone conservation. We will assess stones for conservation and the simple straightening and cleaning of gravestones. We suggest you wear long pants, sturdy shoes and bring along a hat if you need one and gardening gloves if you have any. (We do have some spare gloves.) Wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.
Our workdays consist of simple stone resets, cleaning stable stones with D2 (a non-toxic biocide) and water, and minor repair of smaller fallen and broken stones. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, even with no experience. We will train you on cleaning and on simple stone repairs such as resetting and mortaring.
In case of rain, the conservation date will be moved to the next day, Sunday.
Once a comprehensive assessment is made of the stones, we expect to start a program where we will ask for sponsors who to fund the conservation of specific stones. All funds will be used to buy materials needed for a stone's restoration, but labor will be provided (where applicable) by trained volunteers to complete conservation work, keeping the sponsor involved all the while.
For more information, email us today.