Providing Education and Support to Municipal and Nonprofit Cemeteries in Georgia
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The Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association is a recognized resource for cemetery professionals, historians and preservationists interested in cemetery preservation, advocacy and education. Our cemeteries, whether large or small, reveal the richness and historic fabric of Georgia's history. Through innovative workshops and conferences, GMCA's goal is to be a key resource to preserve our treasured cemeteries and burial grounds.
West Hill Cemetery - Dalton, GA
2018 Conference and Workshops
We have already begun planning our 2018 workshops and conferences. If you have a topic that you would like to hear at an upcoming workshop or conference, we encourage you to contact your Region Director. We will do our best to accommodate your requests. If you have a location that you feel would make a great place for a workshop or a conference, please let us know.
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Join us October 17th - 19th for our 2018 Annual Conference! The conference will be held at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, GA.
This year's conference will include:
Cemetery professionals, historians and preservationists have enjoyed workshops that have been held in Savannah, Social Circle, Brunswick and Vienna. Our workshops offer unique, in-depth approaches to a variety of topics that have included cemetery rapid assessment, disaster preparedness, stone restoration, ground penetrating radar and using aerial videography (drones) to map and record cemeteries.
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Henry Milhollin of Douglas, GA and Stan Rogers of Rome, GA demonstrate how to clean a soiled monument using D/2 at a workshop in Vienna, GA.
Savannah Uses Goats in Laurel Grove Cemetery
The City of Savannah has hired an Atlanta-based company, Get Your Goat Rentals, to assist in removing dense vegetation from an area known as the ravine in Laurel Grove North Cemetery.
Goats are often used to clear vegetation in parks, cemeteries, and along rights-of-ways. Goats are an effective means to clear dense or invasive vegetation with minimal impact to the environment. Goats will eat as high as they can reach, thriving on vegetative species such as poison ivy, poison oak, Kudzu, blackberries, and briers. In addition to being environmentally friendly, goats have the ability to work in areas that may not be easily accessible to people or equipment.
The goats began on June 19th and are scheduled to complete the 2.5 acre tract in Laurel Grove Cemetery in approximately 3 weeks. A total of 53 goats and two Great Pyrenees dogs were deployed in Laurel Grove. Laurel Grove is one of two locations the City of Savannah will be using the goats as part of a pilot program to see if goats will be a feasible solution to clear other areas throughout the city.
City of Douglas Hosts Workshop on the SOP's of Grave Digging
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the City of Douglas and the Georgia Municipal Cemetery’s Association hosted an informative workshop on the S.O.P.’s of Grave Digging. Over 40 cemetery directors and workers from across the state visited Douglas for the workshop and learned about the proper techniques of cemetery maintenance and grave digging while remembering to show respect for the graves in a cemetery.
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