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AGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to foster appreciation of the cultural significance of gravestones and burial grounds through their study and preservation.

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Chapters expand public awareness and support for the research, preservation and conservation of grave markers and places of burial. The main purpose of state or regional chapters is to work as local extensions of the national AGS and to be able to offer meeting and workshop opportunities at the local level. State chapters operate, not as independent organizational entities, but as local (and, in certain cases, regional) bases from which members will work to expand interest and membership in the AGS.  For upcoming chapter events, click the button below:

Chapter Events

Consider attending a meeting in your area. Here is a list of our current chapters and who to contact for more information.

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If you would like to start a new chapter in your area feel free call us or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information during business hours.  You may also view the following documents to get answers to some of your questions:

AGS State/Regional Chapters Mission & Objectives

AGS State/Regional Chapters: A Getting Started Guide

State/Regional Chapter Application Form

 

Annual Conference

June 21 - 26, 2016

Xavier University 

Cincinnati, Ohio

AGS holds an annual conference the third week in June. This conference, held in a different location each year, features lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, conservation and documentation workshops, classroom sessions, slide presentations, and guided cemetery tours. The 2016 AGS Conference will be held at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio from June 21 - 26.

What can you expect when you come to the Ohio conference? Stimulating research papers, late night sessions with slides, music, refreshments and laughter, field trips to a variety of cemeteries large and small, workshops and classroom/participation sessions to sharpen your skills in caring for and promoting the value of cemeteries as community treasures, college dorm accommodations and cafeteria dining experiences, and a chance to see old friends and make new ones.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS AND CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION SESSIONS

Proposals are solicited for scholarly papers, 25 minutes in length, to be presented during the Evening Lectures, June 22-25. Please send your proposal and a 250-word abstract by February 1, 2016 to Nancy Tatarek, Lecture Program Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proposals are solicited for participation/class sessions, of 45 minutes in length, to be presented Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 25. These sessions are not for presenting research papers, unless the paper is about how to do a particular type of research using the presenter's research as a case study. We encourage panel discussions and will allow more than one time slot if needed. Please send your proposal and a 250-word abstract by February 1, 2016 to Judy Juntunen and Krista Horrocks, Participation/Class Sessions Coordinators:
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AGS 2016 Conference Scholarship for Students

STUDENTS: Have you been doing research on gravestones, cemeteries, or a closely related topic?  Would you like an opportunity to attend the next Association for Gravestone Studies Conference and Annual Meeting as a guest of AGS?  Enter the AGS Student Scholarship Competition.

The next AGS Conference will be held at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 21 - 26.
 
Requirements: The applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university, as well as a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies. A student membership is just $25 per year and includes the next published issue of Markers, four issues of the AGS Quarterly, and more.
 
Application: Each applicant should submit a proposal for a twenty-minute presentation: a scholarly paper suitable for delivery at an academic conference, or a report of comparable quality on an on-going research project, to be presented at the Friday evening lecture session. PowerPoint is the preferred presentation medium.  

Each entry should include the title, a summary or abstract and a PDF of the PowerPoint program, as well as a letter of recommendation from an academic adviser. Your entry should consist of a cover letter, with attachments, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
The award will cover registration and activities fees, plus room and board for the full conference (about $525) and will include a cash prize of $200, which will be presented at the conference.
 
Deadline: March 31, 2016
 
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Conference Registration will open in March of 2016

 

 

 

The Association for Gravestone Studies
Greenfield Corporate Center
101 Munson Street - Suite 108
Greenfield, MA 01301

413.772.0836 | info@gravestonestudies.org

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