The community is invited to a hands-on experience to learn how to properly clean a grave-marker and feel the pride of preservation at a workshop in the Rolla City Cemetery.

This workshop will be presented by members of the Franklin County Cemetery Society, who have been preserving cemeteries for over 10 years, along with Rolla Parks and Recreation Department, the caretaker of the Rolla City Cemetery. Other presenters at the workshop include — professional genealogist and historian Carole Goggin, State Historical Society of Missouri, Rolla Research Room and Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Wilson Library.  

Community members will learn how to properly clean marble, granite and other types of headstones and how headstones can be irreversibly damaged if cleaned improperly. But, they can also be improved by the proper removal of lichens, moss, dirt and tree sap.   

There will be a break for a short tour to visit some interesting and important residents of the Rolla City Cemetery. 

This will be a free training session and open to the public. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Rolla City Cemetery.

The community is asked to RSVP with the number attending, so there are enough supplies on hand.  Call or text “Cemetery and number attending” [cemetery 3] to 314-620-8765  by Oct. 16.  Non-registrants are welcome to come watch, and enjoy the tour.