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.
Laurel Grove Cemetery - Savannah, GA
Conference and Workshops
It's not too late! There is still time to host a workshop in your region. Contact your region representative today.
We have already begun planning our 2019 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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Thank you to all who attended the 2018 annual conference in wonderful Dalton, GA. We had another exciting and informative agenda. Thank you to our sponsors for helping us make it all happen.
We will be in beautiful Savannah, GA for our 2019 conference. We have already begun working on the conference agenda. Let us know what you would like to see by completing the conference survey above. We will do our best to fulfill your requests.
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.
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DEVELOPER TO PETITION TO MOVE FAMILY CEMETERY
In September 2018, the 19th century Densler family cemetery was discovered during a commercial development project in Savannah’s Southside district. The story was shared via national media outlets as well on the GMCA website and newsletter.
Construction has been halted on the site since the first reports of the cemetery were received. Since then, the developer has begun to take the necessary steps to petition to move the Densler Cemetery in accordance with Georgia's Abandoned Cemetery Law (Georgia Code 36-72 et seq.). Once all requirements of the application are met, the City of Savannah will review the petitioner's request and make a decision as to whether the cemetery can be relocated. Per Georgia Code 36-72-5, the following criteria must be met as part of the application process:
1) Proof of ownership of the property in which the burial ground is located;
2) A report provided by an archaeologist indicating the location and number of graves present;
3) A survey indicating the locations of the grave relative to the property boundaries;
4) A plan prepared by a genealogist for identifying and notifying descendants of those buried on the site;
5) A proposal for mitigation or avoidance.
The Densler Family Cemetery review is tentatively schedule for review by the City of Savannah's Mayor & Council on May 23rd, 2019. Please stay tuned for another update.
Cemetery professionals, historians and preservationists from around Georgia rely on GMCA as their number one resource for information!