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AGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to foster appreciation of the cultural significance of gravestones and burial grounds through their study and preservation.

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Chapters expand public awareness and support for the research, preservation and conservation of grave markers and places of burial. The main purpose of state or regional chapters is to work as local extensions of the national AGS and to be able to offer meeting and workshop opportunities at the local level. State chapters operate, not as independent organizational entities, but as local (and, in certain cases, regional) bases from which members will work to expand interest and membership in the AGS.  For upcoming chapter events, click the button below:

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Call for Nominations: Forbes Award and Oakley Certificate  

We are seeking proposals for the 2015 Oakley and Forbes Awards. Deadline for Nomination Applications is January 31, 2015. Awards will be presented at the AGS Annual Conference which will be held June 23rd- 28th at Westfield State Univesity in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Please send your nominations, including the name, address, telephone, and e-mail address of the nominee and of the person or group doing the nominating.  Describe the reasons for making the nomination, how the work reflects the AGS mission statement, and how the work has benefited the wider community.  Include any clippings or photographs.  If possible, have the local Historical Society or Preservation Commission comment upon the significance of the achievement.  

Check out our awards page to learn more about the Oakley and Forbes award. 

Click on the Nominate! button below to submit your nomination form online or download the forms listed in the "Award Nominations Forms" sidebar and send it to:  

AGS Awards Committee, Anne Tait
c/o AGS Office
Greenfield Corporate Center
101 Munson Street - Suite 108
Greenfield, MA 01301

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Annual Conference

June 23rd - 28th, 2015

Westfield State University 

Westfield, MA

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 2015 AGS Conference will be held at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts from June 23rd - 28th.

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Our conference is a few months away--proposals for Evening Lectures and Participation Sessions have been trickling in -- the deadline for submitting proposals is near at hand.  Conference organizers are gearing up for what we hope is the usual rush of last-minute entries.

We have planned a Wednesday bus tour to Berkshire County (that's marble country) and Friday bus tours to cemeteries in the Springfield area -- a Connecticut Valley Sandstone tour and a Metro-Springfield tour -- along with a Berkshire Hills tour in the uplands west of the conference site.  We will, as usual, offer a Conservation Workshop and a Photography Workshop, and other workshops are under consideration.  

Registration forms should be available, on-line, by mid- March.

Long Distance Travel Information:   

Bradley International Airport serves the Hartford/Springfield area 

The Amtrak Vermonter provides daily service from Washington D.C. to Union Station in Springfield, and beyond

Peter Pan Bus Lines, based in Springfield, serves much of the Northeast corridor; the Springfield Bus Terminal is located a short distance from the Railway Station

For local bus service from the Springfield Bus Terminal to Westfield State University: 

http://www.pvta.com/schedules/R10.pdf

Off-campus Lodging:  There are a number of hotels and motels to choose from in Westfield and West Springfield, a short (10-20 minute) drive from Westfield State University

To learn more about activities held at past conferences click here

The Association for Gravestone Studies
Greenfield Corporate Center
101 Munson Street - Suite 108
Greenfield, MA 01301

413.772.0836 | info@gravestonestudies.org

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