The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles. Through its publications, conferences, workshops and exhibits, AGS promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic gravemarkers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones. At every opportunity, AGS cooperates with groups that have similar interests.
Conferences: An annual conference, held in June, features lectures, guided cemetery tours, slide presentations, exhibits, classes, and documentation and conservation workshops. Fellow enthusiasts will join together for an enjoyable, informative and fun five days of learning and camaraderie.
Membership benefits include the AGS Quarterly magazine, and a monthly e-newsletter. Both feature articles, book reviews, research material, and items of general interest to AGS members. Members also receive Markers: Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies; discounts on AGS publications and access to the research clearinghouse. AGS has approximately 1,000 members worldwide, including members in England, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, Japan and Brazil. Membership categories are discussed further in our membership page.
If you share any of these interests—art, history, art history, genealogy, archaeology, anthropology, conservation, or material culture, please join us and support our work. There is much to do and we eagerly solicit your participation. We would enjoy meeting you, learning of your interests, and including you in our activities.