Symbolism in Local Cemeteries (Virtual)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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You expect to find names and dates on gravestones but what about the seemingly random symbols, shapes, figures, and other designs carved in the stones? Those extra elements often cost extra too, so they shouldn't be glossed over as mere decorative afterthoughts. What were they intending to communicate?

Join us online for this virtual presentation and find out! Our Genealogy and Local History Librarian will share dozens of examples found in local cemeteries and elsewhere. Cemetery symbols such as anchors, acorns, broken columns, inverted torches, severed flower buds, and many others, once had fairly stable meanings that most educated people understood.

NOTE: If you have photos of family grave markers, you might want to have those on hand for the meeting to see if you learn anything more about your ancestors. We'll help you crack the code!

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Event Type(s): Genealogy and Local History, 0 - Virtual Events
Age Group(s): Adult (18+), Seniors
Presenter: Mark Dellenbaugh

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