Texas Gravestone Conservation performs conservation (repair) services for gravestones and other cemetery stonework. Whether they’re called “gravestones”, “tombstones”, or “monuments”, Texas Gravestone Conservation can repair, conserve, and preserve them. TGC performs cleaning, leveling/resetting, repair to broken and fallen markers, and other cemetery related services, including repairs from storm damage and vandalism. I will also serve as an assessor for vandalism and accident damages in legal cases involving cemetery markers.
TGC is located in Brenham, TX and will serve clients who are mainly in a 150-mile radius of Washington County, including Houston, Galveston, El Campo, Victoira, Goliad, Seguin, New Braunfels, Austin, Georgetown, Temple, College Station, and Livingston. TGC will conserve a single gravestone or an entire cemetery; contact me with any questions and look at the different pages for more information.
Also, I am the sole proprietor of TGC, certificated by the International Preservation Studies Center in Mount Carroll, IL, and I do all of the work myself.
P. O. Box 1266
Brenham, TX 77834-1266
Phone: 979-836-7715 (leave a message if I'm not there)
Would you like to help ensure that a gravestone in need of conservation receives it? I selected a stone at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham that was "adopted" and saved. The cost of the work reflected my discounting labor costs. I will soon post another stone for which I can find no living relations and that is in danger.
David Lasch was the youngest of four children born to Louis and Susie Lasch. His mother died in 1900, and in the 1910 census, David was living with his grandparents. One sister had a child, who died in 1997 (without an heir) and the other two did not have any children. His father died in October of 1929. Sadly, David Lasch was killed in France only about a month before the end of World War I.
This stone is in very good shape, and all it needs is a cleaning.
Cost to clean: $40
Donations rec'd as of March 13 $40
Due to the extreme heat, I am not working every day, and on days that I do work, I may not stay on site beyond 1 p.m. or so.
Thoughts for Summer
I was recently visiting a cemetery to inspect a stone for conservation work and I spoke with several workers who were taking a break.
The majority of cemeteries provide mowing and trimming, but do not do any work in regards to gravestones. When I asked about this, the worker said his crew will straighten some stones and several years ago had taken bleach and cleaned a number of headstones in the cemetery. While some may ask if this is important, household bleach is known to cause damage to marble and should never be used. (See U S gov't report on cleaning solutions in the "Links" section, and check under the section "Recommendations" of the report).
As well, in every cemetery that I know of, the stones are property of the family, even if the plots are not; would you allow someone to paint your house or automobile without your permission? Sadly, the bleach damage to the stone is not something that can be repaired, as it affects the material (marble) itself, not just the surface.
Check on policies and procedures at the cemeteries wherein your family is interred to see what they do and don't do. In many cases, they may not even be aware of such harmful things, and would be happy to follow the "best practices" in the field.
If you'd like more information, contact me at
(979) 836-7715, firstname.lastname@example.org
or browse my website.