Annual Conference

June 20 - 25, 2017

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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 2017 AGS Conference will be held at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from June 20 - 25.

What can you expect when you come to the Alabama 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.




Registration information will be available in early 2017.  Please check this page often for conference updates.


2017 AGS Conference: Call for Papers and Participation Sessions

Proposals are solicited for scholarly papers, 25 minutes in length, to be presented during the Evening Lectures, June 20-25.

Proposals are solicited for participation/class sessions, of 45 minutes in length. 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 proposals and a 250-word abstract by February 1, 2016 to Dr. Ashley Dumas, Evening and Classroom Participation Session Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AGS 2017 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 the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa campus, on June 20 - 25.
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, 2017


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