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18th & 19th Century New England Mourning Practices

Saturday, January 31, 2015
1:30 PM
Maine Historical Society

Currier and Ives Print of The Funeral of Daniel O'Connell

"The Funeral of Daniel O'Connell."
Library of Congress, New York: Published by N. Currier, c1847. Currier & Ives: a catalogue raisonné/compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, c1983, no. 2388

"Post Mortem Mourning Practices in 18th and 19th Century New England" will be presented by Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine. She will explore by-gone cultural practices demonstrating grief at the passing of a loved one that included for women, a year of wearing only black clothing, or for men wearing a black arm band.

Our cosponsor, Maine Historical Society, will exhibit a collection of mourning artifacts!

Our lecture series is open to the public and free. Donations of any amount are gladly accepted at the door. All funds will be used for stone conservation in Eastern Cemetery. Seating is limited, and visitors will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you can't make this one, there are 2 more opportunities in our series. Find out more about the February and March offerings.

Portland’s History Docents Program

Train to Be a Proper Volunteer at a Portland Historic Site

Ron points out the finer details of a gravestone to Spirits Alive docents at orientation.

History lovers! The Portland’s History Docents (PHD) Program is a collaborative effort of 8 organizations that have joined forces to provide a 9-week training program for new volunteer guides at each organization’s respective site.

Guide trainees gain information and instruction on local history, art, architecture, and public speaking. In return, PHD graduates are asked to commit to a year of volunteer time at one of the sponsoring sites:

Classes start March 5. Visit Greater Portland Landmarks volunteer page for details on times, dates, costs and contact information.

Subterranean Celebrities

Who is buried in the Eastern Cemetery?

Jonathan Dow's headstone

Headstone of Jonathan Dow. Photo by Christina White

We try to highlight a person (or their grave marker) who resides in the Eastern Cemetery in each issue of eNews. There are over 4,000—some say up to 7,000—possible stories buried in that sacred ground. Is there someone there you'd like to know a bit more about? Is there a stone that interests you? Do you have information on someone we could highlight as a Subterranean Celebrity? Let us know, and we'll try to add them to a future issue.

For now, if you'd like to visit past celebrities, an index of Subterranean Celebrity profiles has been added to our website. As always, there is also an index of past issues of eNews at the ready as well!

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