Produced by MB University

Meeting of the Minds Workshop

Friday, February 14th
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Morning Session
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Evening Session

Moderated by Perry Giles, CM, Giles Monument Company
Searching for the ultimate educational resources for the monument industry is an arduous task. It turns out, that resource has been YOU all along! We’ve figured out how to encapsulate this resource into one great educational experience for all attendees.

With your registration, we want you to submit 2-3 questions about any topic in the monument industry. (This is NECESSARY for this workshop to work.) We’re going to place all attendees into small groups (6-8 people) of non-competitors and pose these questions to the groups to dissect, discuss and comment on.

You and your peers will have the opportunity to pick the brains of some of the greatest minds in our industry on a list of topics as wide and varied as your imagination. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity!

A Solid Foundation – Exploring the Standards, Techniques & Materials of Setting and Installing Monuments

Saturday, February 15th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by John Appell, Gravestone Preservation

Jonathan Appell is a current board member of the Preservation Trades Network and monument restoration specialist with expertise in gravestone, monument and historic masonry preservation. In 1986, he founded the New England Cemetery Service, performing grave excavation, foundations, monument installation and monument restoration.

He has conducted gravestone preservation training workshops and performed restoration projects all across America, working in collaboration with many towns, cities, states as well as private and public cemeteries. He teaches practical solutions to all of the problems found in cemeteries relating to monuments restoration and preservation. More information is available at his websites,

In this workshop, Mr. Appell will provide a brief history of memorials found in American cemeteries and problems associated with restoration of historical monuments. In addition, he will discuss the use of pinning, modern epoxies and the use of plastic spacers when resetting or restoring historical; modern foundations; killing grass around a base with herbicide causing soil movement & soil erosion; lawsuits and financial responsibility regarding fault for falling monuments; and what is going on across the pond in England.

About MB University: Established in 2006, MBUniversity is the educational arm of MBNA. The University was established to develop and administer educational courses for MBNA members and future members.