If you're in the St. Louis metro area:
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can learn to read tombstones from the experts with Martha Mae Schmidt at the helm.
With over 140 cemeteries to her credit, Ms. Schmidt and friends from the St. Clair County (IL) Genealogical Society (Sandi Bennett, Teri Bromley, and others) will go over cemetery surveys and documentation, analyzing and transcribing tombstones, and instruct and demonstrate headstone rubbing techniques.
Then, you will be sent out into the cemetery to try your new skills on several pre-selected (need we say challenging?) tombstones.
Place: Meet at the Espenshied Chapel on the grounds of Mascoutah City (IL) Cemetery
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sign in: 9 to 9:30 a.m.
Lunch on your own, noon to 1 p.m.; a refrigerator is available for lunch items you may decide to bring along; or go into town.
Lectures take place in the Chapel (seats 120) so this is a rain or shine workshop.
Donations of $1 to $5 will be used to maintain the beautifully restored Chapel.
Please email your intent to participate so we have enough seating! Contact
Wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella just in case. This workshop will *not* be rescheduled.
Location / maps
317 County Road
Mascoutah, IL 62258