Winter Lecture Series
Our lecture series is open to the public and free. Donations of any amount are gladly accepted at the door.
Post-Mortem Mourning Practices of the 19th Century
January 31, 2015
Maine Historical Society (MHS)
489 Congress Street
Meet at 1:30pm to get a special viewing of mourning jewelry collected by MHS!
In addition to wearing only black apparel for up to a year, mourners in early New England abided by fashions and customs that demonstrated intense grief. Professor Libby Bischof, Chair of the History and Political Science Department at USM and board member of Spirits Alive, will lead us on an exploration of these practices. A 19th-century American cultural historian, Bischof specializes in the history of photography, particularly in Maine.
Disease, Disasters, and More—Causes of Death in Early New England
February 28, 2015
USM Portland Campus
A surprising number of gravestones in Portland's historic Eastern Cemetery reveal an advanced age at death, yet many early settlers died too young. Richard Kahn M.D, a practicing physician living in Tenant's Harbor, medical historian, lecturer and author will help us understand the state of healing arts and many of the illnesses and hazards that ravaged the 17th and 18th century settlements in what is now Maine.
Eastern Cemetery and the Revitalization of the India Street Neighborhood
March 28, 2015
USM Portland Campus
A panel will discuss whether Eastern Cemetery is important in the development and revitalization of the surrounding India Street Neighborhood. Panelists include:
- Joe Malone, Malone Commercial Brokers
- Hugh Nazor, President, India Street Neighborhood
- Hilary Bassett, Executive Director, Greater Portland Landmarks
- Caitlin Cameron, City of Portland, Urban Designer
Winter Lecture Series 2014
- The Art, History, and Symbolism of Early New England Gravestones
The Gravestone Girls Melissa Anderson and Brenda Sullivan
- Bartlett Adams: Portland’s First Stone Cutter
Lecturer Ron Romano, a tour guide and member of the Spirits Alive Board
- Roundtable: “The Status and Future of Portland's Forgotten Cemeteries”