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 for the conference is now OPEN!


To register online, please complete the online registration form by clicking here

To print and mail a hardcopy registration form, please click here.  (PDF format)


To view a high level conference schedule, please click here. (PDF format)

To view additional helpful information (travel, directions, room information, etc), please click here.  (PDF format)


For those who may be interested in learning about the burial grounds of Tuscaloosa in preparation for the annual conference, we'd recommend checking out Dr. Brown's Marking Graves book:



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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