Grave Cleaning Clubs

The library offers monthly grave cleaning clubs in each county from May through October. Each month, each county’s club meets at a local cemetery and cleans gravestones. The library provides all the supplies and a library staff member demonstrates the cleaning process. Grave cleaning has grown in popularity over the past few years; it’s even become a trend on social media. Public libraries and other organizations across the country have started their own clubs.

 

Franklin County Dates, Times, and Cemetery Locations
Warren County Dates, Times, and Cemetery Locations
Gasconade County Dates, Times, and Cemetery Locations

 

Why clean gravestones? | Cleaning Process | Supplies | Sponsors

 

Why clean gravestones?

Over time, gravestones can become covered with dirt, bird deposits, sap, and biological growth, such as algae, moss, and lichen. If left unmaintained, they can cause a gravestone to deteriorate. In addition, lettering can become worn to the point where it’s no longer readable. Cleaning gravestones help beautify the cemetery and preserve the grave markers.

Cleaning Process

The library utilizes an environmentally friendly biological chemical (D/2) and non-metal tools to clean gravestones in the gentlest manner possible to avoid damage. (Tested and used by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Park Service, D/2 is a biodegradable cleaner that is pH neutral and contains no salts, bleach, or acids.)

These are a few videos demonstrating the cleaning process from social media:

@manicpixiemom Ellen M. Beveridge ❤️ #gravetok #gravestonecleaning #cemetery #taphophile #familyhistory ♬ original sound – manicpixiemom 🧽 🪦

@manicpixiemom Jane’s epitaph: “Gone But Not Forgot”. 💔 #gravestonecleaning #gravetok #fyp #manicpixiemom #cemetery♬ original sound – manicpixiemom 🧽 🪦

 

 

 

Supplies

Attendees at the library’s grave cleaning groups will be loaned the following supplies:

• D/2 Biological Solution
• Kneeling pad
• 8-inch wooden skewers
• Plastic putty knife
• 7” Nylon Brush
• Pump sprayer bottle (1 gallon)
• Spray bottle (32 oz.)
• Rubber gloves (Powder-free, non-latex)
• 7-gallon water carrier with spigot
• Scrub brush with handle

 

Sponsors
The supplies for the library’s grave cleaning clubs have been provided by the following sponsors:

Franklin County
   Eaton Funeral Home
   Tim and Nettie Peterson

Gasconade County
   Victorian Place of Owensville and Hermann
   St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Cemetery
   Anonymous
   Theresa Black

Warren County
   Going Postal
   Continental Pump
   Missouri Bank

Franklin County Dates, Times, and Cemetery Locations

Restoration Guardians
Third Saturday of the Month
10 AM – 12 PM

May 18 –
June 15 –
July 20 –
August 17 –
September 21 –
October 19 –

 

Gasconade County Dates, Times, and Cemetery Locations

Save a Story Grave Cleaning Club
First Saturday of the Month (except in June)
10 AM – 12 PM

May 4 – Hermann City Cemetery, East 9th Street and Schiller Street, Hermann, Missouri
June 8 – St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Owensville, Missouri
July 6 – Little Berger Cemetery, Hermann, Missouri
August – to be determined
September – to be determined
October – to be determined

 

Warren County Dates, Times, and Cemetery Locations

Preserving the Past
Third Saturday of the Month
10 AM – 12 PM

May 18 – Warrenton City Cemetery
June 21 – Wright City Cemetery
July 20 – Warrenton City Cemetery
August 17 – Wright City location to be determined
September 21 – Warrenton City Cemetery
October –