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Register Now! Form , schedule and additional info available from these links for our 2019 Conference and Annual Meeting being held at Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC June 25-30. Online registration will be available soon. Check back.

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2019 AGS Conference Scholarship for Students 

STUDENTS: Have you been doing research on gravestones, cemeteries, or a closely related topic?  Would you like an opportunity to attend the next Association for Gravestone Studies Conference and Annual Meeting as a guest of AGS?  Enter the AGS Student Scholarship Competition.

The next AGS Conference will be held at Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina, June 25-30.

Requirements: The applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university, as well as a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies. A student membership is just $25 per year and includes the next published issue of Markers, four issues of the AGS Quarterly, and more. 

Application: Each applicant should submit a proposal for a twenty-minute presentation: a scholarly paper suitable for delivery at an academic conference, or a report of comparable quality on an on-going research project, to be presented at the Friday evening lecture session. PowerPoint is the preferred presentation medium.  

Each entry should include the title, a summary or abstract and a PDF of the PowerPoint program, as well as a letter of recommendation from an academic adviser. Your entry should consist of a cover letter, with attachments, emailed to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The award will cover registration and activities fees, plus room and board for the full conference (about $525) and will include a cash prize of $200, which will be presented at the conference.

Deadline: March 31, 2019. Address all questions to the AGS Office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Request from the AGS Markers Editor

We are currently seeking article submissions for the 2020 issue of Markers, the scholarly journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies.

The subject matter of Markers is defined as the analytical study of gravemarkers, monuments, tombs, and cemeteries of all types and encompassing all historical periods and geographical regions. Markers is of interest to scholars in anthropology, historical archaeology, art and architectural history, ethnic studies, material culture studies, American studies, folklore and popular culture studies, linguistics, literature, rhetoric, local and regional history, cultural geography, sociology, and related fields. Articles submitted for publication in Markers should be scholarly, analytical, and interpretive, not merely descriptive or entertaining, and should be written in a style appropriate to both a wide academic audience and an audience of interested non-academics.

Authors are encouraged to send a query email outlining a project before sending a manuscript. Queries and submissions to Markers should be sent to Editor Elisabeth Roark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., before June 1, 2019.

Ideas for Silent Auction at this year's AGS Conference

We are seeking donations for our Silent Auction to be held at our annual conference this June in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Cemetery and gravestone-related items and books or items of value are welcome. The auction is our biggest fundraiser. Please start thinking about items you'd like to bring or donate.

Questions? Contact the Conference Planning Committee at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..