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June 13, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Time Details:
7:00 p.m. Walking Tour; 7:45 p.m.Presentation and refreshments at Gatehouse
Historic Montgomery Cemetery
One Hartranft Avenue
Norristown, PA 19401
$15.00 per person
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Symbols in he Cemetery

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The early 19th century saw the birth of the rural garden cemetery, which began in Paris and spread to the United States by 1824. Tombstone memorials also experienced great change throughout the 19th century, as Americans thought about death in new, more emotional and evocative ways. Tombstone carvers were tasked with carving symbols that illustrated a softer, aesthetically pleasing, and more hopeful way of viewing death as not an endpoint, but rather a step on the path to a better and glorious afterlife where family would be reunited. Ms. Schane has photographed and studied 19th century tombstone carvings in Pennsylvania and surrounding states and will present the meanings behind them. These symbols were a language of sorts in their time and still speak to us today.