BGPG was inspired by an awareness that irreplaceable headstones and monuments are deteriorating at a rapid rate. By applying appropriate measures, this process can be slowed or reversed and unique personal data can be preserved. Often grave markers are the only source of information about the people, places, and events that have shaped communities.
BGPG connects preservation professionals with elected officials, community members and volunteers to protect burying grounds, cemeteries, and burial sites. It creates public awareness of these fragile resources and offers presentations and interactive workshops designed to encourage support from the community. Through education and demonstration, the BGPG preserves and records historic headstones and monuments for future generations.
Zachary N. Studenroth
Middlebury College (BA, Art and Architectural History, 1972) and Columbia University (MS, School of Architecture and Planning, Division for Historic Preservation, 1978). Historic preservation professional, consultant and museum director for over 40 years. Specializes in historic structure reports, cultural resource surveys, and burying ground assessments and programming. Served as Southampton Town and Village Historian (Long Island, NY).
Kurt E. Kahofer
SUNY Purchase (BA, Art History, 1984), Columbia University (MS, School of Architecture and Planning, Division for Historic Preservation, 1987), and Long Island University, Southampton (M.Ed., 1992). Experienced in conducting historic and cultural resource surveys. NYS Certified teacher; elementary, multi-age and inclusion (1994-2017). Proficient in K-12 NYS Learning Standards, Core Curriculum and Project Based Learning.
BGPG retains Steward Preservation Services, Inc., Joel C. Snodgrass, President.
Joel C. Snodgrass
Roger Williams University (BS, Historic Preservation, 1985), Columbia University (MS, School of Architecture and Planning, Division for Historic Preservation, 1987), and University of Pennsylvania, ICCROM (Rome, Italy, Certificate in Conservation of Architectural Surfaces, 1990). Experienced in the preservation, restoration and construction industry, with expertise in historic preservation and architectural conservation. Specializes in stone and other architectural materials assessments and conservation treatments.