State Agencies Release Historic Cemetery Preservation Guidebook
September 12, 2003

The Historic Chattahoochee Commission (HCC) and the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources announce the publication of Grave Intentions: A Comprehensive Guidebook to Preserving Historic Cemeteries in Georgia, by Christine Van Voorhies. This manual answers your questions on what to do about an old cemetery, whether it's small or large, holds your ancestors or not, or even if it has unmarked graves. It is the 27th book published by the HCC, some of which have been in cooperation with other co-sponsoring organizations like HPD.

As the archaeology outreach specialist at HPD, Ms. Van Voorhies has honed her expertise in cemetery preservation by researching and responding to questions from the public. She has also given numerous presentations about archaeology and historic burial places. This comprehensive guide was written to answer the wide variety of questions most frequently asked. It offers valuable advice on planning cemetery restoration tasks, recording and caring for grave markers, and protecting against threats from development or vandalism. It also includes a review of Georgia cemetery laws. Designed in an easy-to-read format with clear suggestions and sources of further information, this book will be invaluable to those interested in cemeteries including descendants, community members, developers and city or county authorities.

Grave Intentions is available in a spiral-bound paperback edition and is priced at $12.95 (ISBN: 0 945477 15 5) plus $4 for shipping and handling. Orders may be directed to the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, P. O. Box 33, Eufaula, AL 36072-0033 or phone 334-687-9755. Information about this book and other HCC publications is available at the HCC Web site,