The inaugural meeting of the Louisiana Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies is slated for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at Hill Memorial Library. It is free and open to the public.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Letterform Characters Exhibition on display at LSU Special Collections at the library. It includes a walk-through of the gravestone lettering examples exhibited by graphic design professor Lynne Baggett and an informal information and meeting about the organization and its goals.

The chapter was established by Heather Veneziano, owner of historic preservation company Gambrel & Peak, Save Our Cemeteries Executive Director Amanda Walker and Jason Church, materials conservator with the National Center for Preservation Technology & Training.

“Through workshops, presentations and exhibits similar to those of other chapters, we can educate the people of Louisiana about the significance and the need to preserve gravesites, no matter where in the state you reside,” Veneziano said.

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