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Masonry training program launched at Cave Hill Cemetery | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A new pilot program aims to teach masonry to students at Louisville’s historic Cave Hill Cemetery.

Five interns are part of the Bridge to Crafts Career Program – the first World Monuments Fund (WMF) regional program to launch outside of New York.

“Really, we couldn’t ask for a better partner. They are so well positioned and well placed to provide this training,” said WMF Regional Director Ann Cuss. “It’s a beautiful site with so many important monuments and mausoleums, so it was a no-brainer for us.

Trainees will learn techniques for cleaning, conservation, safety and maintenance of masonry.

“Nobody wants to do masonry work anymore, and you can make a decent living doing it,” said Bridge to Crafts Careers program masonry instructor Jim Lewis. “If you’re good at your craft, you can name your wholesale prices.”

During the 10-week program, students will work hands-on to restore the Spotts family mausoleum at Cave Hill Cemetery.

The Cave Hill Heritage Foundation’s head of foundations said the mausoleum had been exposed to acid rain, pollution and other problems over the years.

“Being a cemetery, especially a cemetery established in 1848, it is essential that we take care of the monuments and markers and capture that history and keep it alive in the future,” said Gwen Mooney, President and CEO of the direction of Cave. said Hill Cemetery.

Beyond the preservation of history, the program offers interns an employment opportunity. The program has an 80% placement rate among graduates, with salary offers of up to $48 per hour with benefits, according to the International Institute of Masonry.

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