Ellington Farman Library To Host Cemetery Preservation Talk

ELLINGTON — The preservation of rural cemeteries is a daunting task due to the lack of clearly marked plots, variety of materials involved in headstones and grave markers and the limited resources of financially struggling rural towns.

On Saturday, June 30, from noon to 2 p.m., the Ellington Farman Library will be host to speaker Amanda Brainard as she presents the topic of rural cemetery preservation techniques. She’ll also be teaching how to use local genealogy as a way to gauge a cemetery’s age. Potters Fields, headstone cleaning techniques and understanding the historical context in order to preserve cemeteries will also be discussed. The presentation will be at the library from noon to 1 p.m. and continue from 1-2 p.m. at the Pioneer Cemetery located near the library.

Located at 760 Thornton Road in Ellington, the Ellington Farman Library is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is handicapped-accessible and air conditioned. Those attending should dress appropriately for the weather for the 1-2 p.m. time slot. For more information, call the library at 287-2945.