Texas Gravestone Conservation
Texas Gravestone Conservation


In the past four years, I have done several presentations to historical and genealogical organizations who were interested in my work, or who wanted some instruction for their members before starting on a cemetery cleanup in their area.


I am willing to share my knowledge and experience with your group and do cemetery walks to advise you on what can be done by trained and willing volunteers; I will also hold training/workdays with members to demonstrate "best practices" in gravestone conservation.  Similarly, if you would like for me to speak to your group, I have a PowerPoint presentation of some of my jobs and can follow up afterwards with a question-and-answer session for those wanting to learn more.  While some conservation work should be reserved for a skilled conservator, many simple things like cleaning and straightening can be done by properly trained volunteers. 


Contact me if you would like more information on either at 979-836-7715 OR




Presentations and Workshops

  • Lockhart (Caldwell Co.)  April 22, 2017
  • Crown Hill Cemetery (Pasadena, TX)  June 10, 2017 (click here to see work and interviews on YouTube)
  • Jazzy Jewels luncheon in Brenham  July 12, 2017
  • LaPorte Cemetery Association   December 2, 2017
  • Independence Cemetery Tour (10 a.m.) March 10, 2018
  • Presentation and volunteer training for the Victoria Co. Historical Commission--June 2, 9am-1pm
  • October 2018 meeting of the Washington Co. Genealogical        Society--"Gravestones and Genealogy"  (7 p.m. Blinn             College Student Center)


More Photos

The following photos show the process to fabricate a base for a tablet-style stone.  Click on the photo to read more.

The following photos show how a tablet is mortared into a socket base.  Click on photo for caption.

Thoughts for Spring

Metalwork (fences, grave enclosures, crosses) in cemeteries is often overlooked when stonework is being considered.  DON’T make the mistake some cemeteries have in allowing a sandblaster to ‘blast’ the object(s) and spray paint them.  The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Nachitoches, LA is the federal government’s laboratory for formulating and testing methods and products for conservation.  Their study shows that conservation of metal objects needs to be as focused and stringent as that for gravestones.  Currently, I am studying metal conservation and should be able to provide that service, if needed, later this year.  Contact me if you have any questions regarding metal conservation.


If you'd like more information, contact me at

(979) 836-7715, herzogtamu89@gmail.com

or browse my website.

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