Program: “Cemetery Preservation”

Ashley Shares, the Preservation Manager for the Historic Oakland Foundation, works as an executive at the Oakland Cemetery. This garden cemetery, less than a mile from the heart of downtown Atlanta, was founded in 1850. It is the final resting place of many of Atlanta’s settlers, leaders of industry, Civil War soldiers, Civil Rights pioneers, and most noted citizens like Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Maynard Jackson. It consists of 48 acres of fine old sculpture and architecture as well as a botanical preserve with ancient oaks and magnolias.

Introducing attendees to the basics of cemetery conservation, Shares will discuss common cemetery issues including causes of deterioration and damage to headstones, mausolea, and walls. Methodology for mitigating these issues will be discussed. Additionally, survey and triage techniques will be covered.
Shares holds a Master’s Degree in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. In addition to her work at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, she has worked in numerous cemeteries across Georgia including Oconee Hill in Athens, Locust Grove in Sharon, and Porterdale Cemetery in Columbus. Shares was the recipient of the 2018 Jenny Thurston Preservation Award. She is an avid researcher and presented on 19th century Cemetery Laborers at the Association for Gravestone Studies annual conference in 2017. Shares is happy to have the opportunity to share some of her knowledge and experiences with the Cobb County Genealogical Society and hopes everyone enjoys her presentation.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 7 pm to 8 pm

The event is free and open to the public.

First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060

Parking is available in the church parking lots, next to the building, across the street, and behind the railroad tracks.

For more information, please call 770-919-1072 or visit


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