The Annual Conference of the International Association for Gravestone Studies will be meeting on the Gardner-Webb campus June 25-30. AGS members refer to it affectionately as "Cemetery Camp." The full slate of activities includes chartered bus tours of area cemeteries, participation workshops on everything from cemetery law to creating unique greeting cards using graveyard iconography, a conservation workshop in Shelby's Sunset Cemetery, and scholarly lectures. The evening/late-afternoon lectures are free and open to the public, but you need to register for the other events. Although the sign-up period for those wanting accommodations on campus is now closed (as noted on the website), it is not too late for local folks to register for daily activities. Below is the evening line up for Wed., June 26. You would be welcome to come to these lectures without registering.
7:30-8:30 Keynote Address: Dr. Joyce Brown, poet and GWU professor emerita (Stewart Hall in Tucker Student Center)
8:45-10:00 Lectures: “Gravemarker Components Influenced by Colonial Practices” (Stewart Hall)
-Laurel K. Gabel: A Passion for Profiles
-June Hadden Hobbs: Isaac Watts, New England Tombstones and Shape-Note Singing in the South: The Alliance of Death and Church Music in American Culture
-Judi Trainor: Final Reunion: Why Is the College in the Cemetery and Why Is the Cemetery in the College?
See the AGS website for the daily schedules and more information: https://www.gravestonestudies.org/conference/register-for-the-conference