Join Preservation Alumni on Saturday, September 28th, as we partner with Green-Wood Cemetery for our Fall Workday!
Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction.
Neela Wickremesinghe, HP Class of ’11 and Manager of Preservation and Restoration at Green-Wood will guide us as we learn about their ongoing restoration projects and participate in headstone cleaning. At present, the expected schedule is as follows:
- 10:00-10:15 AM: Coffee at Green-Wood’s restoration workshop. Perk up while we get a quick tour of the shop, an overview of ongoing restoration projects and further instructions about the day’s activities
- 10:15-12:15 PM: Work begins! We’ll break into small groups for cleaning of marble headstones under the guidance of Neela
- 12:15-12:45 PM: Headstone resetting demonstration
- 12:45-1:15 PM: “Trolley” Tour
This is a great opportunity to work hands-on with fellow alums and current students and see a beautiful and historic part of NYC. Come join us!