Stone Conservation & Preservation


In partnership with the City of Portland who owns the acreage, Spirits Alive keeps an eye on this historic site and especially on its most valuable asset: the markers. We are creating a trained team of volunteers to clean and repair stones as needed under the Master Plan, passed by the City Council.

Conservation Workdays

Back to Basics

Saturday, June 3
8:30am to 12:30pm

This kickoff day is for those new to conservation of old gravestones. Learn the basics of resetting, cleaning and mortaring with a group of trained, experienced Spirits Alive volunteers. Even those who simply want a refresher on how to do these important tasks are welcome!

Saturdays 8:30am to 12:30pm

June 10 & 17
July 8, 15 & 22
August 5 & 26
September 9, 16 & 23

The emphasis on these days is the practice of basic stone conservation. We will assess stones for conservation and the simple straightening and cleaning of gravestones. We suggest you wear long pants, sturdy shoes and bring along a hat if you need one and gardening gloves if you have any. (We do have some spare gloves.) Wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.

Our workdays consist of simple stone resets, cleaning stable stones with D2 (a non-toxic biocide) and water, and minor repair of smaller fallen and broken stones. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, even with no experience. We will train you on cleaning and on simple stone repairs such as resetting and mortaring.

See how we work on stones and what happens on a typical workday.

For more information, email us today.