New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) Spring Meeting

  • 10 May 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY


The New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) is pleased to announce its spring meeting. The event will take place on May 10, 2014 at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, 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, NY Chapter of AGS

9:45 to 10:15 am:

Green Burial and the Future of the Gravestone, Amy Cunningham, Funeral Director, Brooklyn, NY

10:15 to 10:45 am:

Performance-based Evaluation of Gravestone Conservation Treatments, Norman R. Weiss, Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and Director of Scientific Research at Integrated Conservation Resources, Inc., New York, NY

10:45 to 11:15 am:

Title TBA, Dr. Caterina Y. Pierre, Associate Professor of Art History Art History, CUNY Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY

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

11:45 am to 12:15 pm:

Before They Were the Dear Departed, Nancy Adgent, Reference Archivist, Rockefeller Archive Center, Pocantico Hills, NY

12:15 to 12:45 pm:

From Research to Excavation: the Archaeological Investigation of Five Historic Cemeteries, Sara Mascia, Executive Director, The Historical Society, Serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, Tarrytown, NY, and Vice President, Historical Perspectives, Inc., Cultural Resource Management, Westport, CT

12:45 to 1:15 pm:

Tombstone Tourism: Why Public Programming is Critical for Cemetery Conservation, Christina Orban-La Salle, Director, Programs, Tours and Visitor Services, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY

1:15 to 2:15 pm: Lunch (not provided; please bring your own lunch)

2:15 to 4:15 pm: Cemetery tour led by Jim Logan, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historian, or Christina Orban-La Salle, Director, Programs, Tours and Visitor Services, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (at a discounted rate of $15 per person, payable at check-in by check or cash) or self-guided visit

4:15 to 5:00 pm: Self-guided visit (maps will be provided)



Spaces are limited and RSVPs are required. RSVP to and please also indicate whether you plan to take the cemetery tour.

Suggested Donation:

Suggested donation for attendance is $10 per person ($5 for AGS members, seniors and students) to help cover meeting costs and support the Chapter.


The event will take place in the Chapel and on the grounds of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, 540 North Broadway,
Sleepy Hollow, NY.

For directions please see Sleepy Hollow is easily accessible from New York City on Metro North. Express Service between Tarrytown station and Grand Central Terminal is about 35 minutes. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a few minutes from the station by taxi, and shared taxis will be available for select trains before and after the meeting. Parking is available on-site at Sleepy Hollow for those arriving by car. More detailed information about transportation will be emailed to attendees closer to the date.


Coffee and tea will be provided throughout the morning, 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.


NY Chapter of AGS T-shirts and T-shirts for the Sleepy Hollow meeting will be for sale for $20 (payable by cash or check). There will also be the opportunity to pre-order T-shirts to be picked up at the event.


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

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