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Registration is open for the AGS Virtual Conference and Annual Meeting June 18-June 27

Our Conference Committee is planning a fantastic educational and fun online event! 

We'll be featuring: 

  • Lectures
  • Cemetery Tours
  • AGS Chapters Night
  • Forbes and Oakley Awards
  • Preservation/Conservation Workshop

Visit the Conference page for registration links.


Request from the AGS Markers Editor

We are currently seeking article submissions for the 2021 issue of Markers, the scholarly journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies.

The subject matter of Markers is defined as the analytical study of gravemarkers, monuments, tombs, and cemeteries of all types and encompassing all historical periods and geographical regions. Markers is of interest to scholars in anthropology, historical archaeology, art and architectural history, ethnic studies, material culture studies, American studies, folklore and popular culture studies, linguistics, literature, rhetoric, local and regional history, cultural geography, sociology, and related fields. Articles submitted for publication in Markers should be scholarly, analytical, and interpretive, not merely descriptive or entertaining, and should be written in a style appropriate to both a wide academic audience and an audience of interested non-academics.



Past Events 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020 at 8PM EST for our “virtual late night” session — a series of brief presentations highlighting a variety of gravestone, cemetery, and related topics. The Zoom link for Friday's session is:

We will also have three fascinating presentations on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 11AM EST. Our speakers will be:

  • Billboard Monuments of Maine - Ron Romano
  • All the Vaults of the City Cemeteries are Piled High with Coffins: Discovering Victims of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic - Mark Nonestied
  • Beyond the Magic Carpet: The Repatriation of WWII Dead and the Last of the Funeral Trains - Elizabeth Clappin

The Zoom link for Saturday's sessions is:

Our Annual Meeting will be Saturday, June 27 at 10AM:


2020 AGS presents Cemeteries in the Time of Covid-19 An interactive webinar series

(Click links to view webinars)

1st session: The New Normal: The Challenges Faced by Cemetery Administrators

2nd session: Deep Roots: Learning from Cemetery History in the time of a Pandemic

3rd session: Looking Forward: Educational Opportunities to Grow Understanding


Covid-19 Message 



In our store: African-American cemeteries and markers throughout the US featured in our Spring 2019 and Winter 2018 Quarterlies.

We are seeking Oakley and Forbes nominations. Deadline December 31, 2019. You can submit your nominations online.


Authors are encouraged to send a query email outlining a project before sending a manuscript. Queries and submissions to Markers should be sent to Editor Elisabeth Roark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., before June 30, 2020.