Establishing Preservation Priorities

Answering the following questions can offer guidance in evaluating projects, setting priorities, and determining outcomes.


  •          Stewardship -- does the project enhance the organization's stewardship of the cemetery?
  •          Respect -- does the project respect the qualities that make the cemetery significant?
  •          Consistency -- is the project consistent with the overall preservation philosophy and needs for the burial ground?
  •          Significance -- does the project improve a historically or archaeologically significant feature or adversely affect the feature?
  •          Visibility -- is the project aesthetically important or prominently located within the cemetery?
  •          Safety -- does the project eliminate or reduce existing or potential safety hazards?
  •          Public Interest -- is this a project that will generate public interest and support?
  •          Condition -- does this project protect a deteriorating resource or improve an unsightly area?
  •          Funding -- are funds available for the project from either public or private sources?
  •          Management -- will the project generate additional maintenance needs and, if so, have the needs been addressed?