Counting on tombstones in Mount Hermon Cemetery

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Natasha Joannis and Marie-Sophie Gendron are working at Mount Hermon Cemetery this summer, counting and recording the condition of the headstones. The tree at the base of this tall stone, erected in memory of John Ryan (born in “St. John’s on the River Richelieu” in 1792, died in Quebec 1863), is threatening to topple it over.

Now here’s an interesting and unusual way to spend your summer vacation – counting and assessing tombstones.

That’s just what Natasha Joannis and Marie-Sophie Gendron are doing this summer at Mount Hermon Cemetery, thanks to a Canada Summer Jobs grant. Both are archeology students at Université Laval.