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Gravestone-preservation workshop set for Newport

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 27, 2014 at 12:02 p.m.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will offer a free workshop on tombstone maintenance next month in Newport.

Rusty Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC, a Dallas-based gravestone-preservation company, will be on hand from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 at Gum Grove Cemetery to teach how to clean, reset and repair tombstones, preservation program Director Frances McSwain said in a statement. Gum Grove Cemetery is on Daugherty Street in Newport.

The workshop, which will include lunch, is open to the first 40 people. Those interested may sign up to participate by calling Holly Hope at (501) 324-9880; by sending her an email message at holly@arkansaspreservation.org; or by writing to her at 323 Center St., Suite 1500, Little Rock, Ark., 72201.

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