Winter Lecture Series 2015

Post Mortem Mourning Practices in 18th and 19th Century New England

January 31, 2015

"Post Mortem Mourning Practices in 18th and 19th Century New England" was presented by Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine. She explored 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.

sketchnote of Libby Bischof lecture by Holly Doggett

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Disease, Disasters, and More—Causes of Death in Early New England

February 28, 2015

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 helped 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.

sketchnote of Richard Kahn lecture by Holly Doggett

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Eastern Cemetery and the Revitalization of the India Street Neighborhood

March 28, 2015

A panel discussed whether Eastern Cemetery is important in the development and revitalization of the surrounding India Street Neighborhood. Panelists included:

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