Oakland Cemetery Restoration Project

Spring 2019


The Marine Restoration Society’s (MRS) purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

MRS’s main areas of focus are two-fold:

  • maintaining and restoring the public buildings and properties in the Village of Marine on Saint Croix
  • promoting the cultural and historical heritage of the village

With this in mind, the MRS took an interest in learning more about the allotted budget and yearly maintenance schedule of Oakland Cemetery. Seeing an opportunity to help the city with cemetery upkeep, the MRS connected with Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps (NB).

What is Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps?

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps (NB) is an Americorps program that prepares 18-25 year olds for a career in the historic preservation trades. The Duluth-based program was founded in 2011 to specifically address the state’s aging stock of historic structures and landscapes in need of maintenance and repair.

Project examples include site stabilization, window repair and reglazing, masonry plaster, log building restoration, roofing and cemetery restoration.

Technical specialists work on-site alongside the corps members. A typical crew consists of a 6 person team working over a span of 8 days.

Project execution in Spring 2019

The MRS engaged the services of NB for cemetery restoration work Spring 2019. Initial projections estimate, 40 – 60 headstones will be restored.

Conversations are taking place with the Urban Forest Task Force (UFTF) to identify trees for removal, identify historical trees for on-going care, and to recommend species diversification within the cemetery.

There is also potential to create a field trip for River Grove Elementary during which time the students would learn about preservation techniques.

Where can the community go to find out more information?

Check back here on the MRS website or send us an email. We will be providing updates here and to local media.

Marinerestorationsociety.org will be used as the main source of updates for this project.