In 2012, fresh out of Savannah College of Art and Design Historic Preservation graduate program, Margaret Canilang started her journey at Congressional Cemetery, but her love for cemeteries was already well-developed. She was fascinated with the conservation science in her classes, particularly the properties and characteristics of stone. Even more specifically, slate. And what better place to observe stone than in a cemetery? She was so enthralled, she wrote her Master’s thesis, “The Cemetery as a Cultural Institution: Reforming Preservation Initiatives in Garden Cemeteries through Management, Conservation, Outreach, and Protection.“ A very long paper recommending the implementation of museum practices to care for cemeteries. When she first started at the cemetery, she managed tasks associated with an active cemetery – funerals, site sales – and helped with conservation any chance she was able. When the Director of Conservation position opened in 2019, she jumped at the opportunity to conserve the site’s memorials.