Language of the Stones: Funerary Symbolism

Language of the Stones: Funerary Symbolism

Virtual Program on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries feature hundreds of examples of beautifully carved funerary symbols. In Victorian America, formal bereavement was an accepted cultural institution. Mourning was observed through many non-spoken rituals to commemorate the dead. The use of symbolism in funerary monuments became increasingly important in how to memorialize a life that had passed, and impart information about how that life was lived; thereby creating an entire visual language around grief, mourning and bereavement. These symbols speak to us across the decades, if we only know how to interpret them. In this Zoom presentation, we will explore the both cemeteries to unlock the hidden meanings of these historic monuments.

This virtual tour will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm, virtually through a Zoom meeting. A What to Expect email will be sent to all ticket holders before the talk starts with information on how to log in. (Please note, RSVPs will be open until 12:00 pm on Saturday, November 21, 2020.)

Ticket pricing is pay-what-you-wish. Contributions will support the work of the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries. You can contribute through the RSVP link.

Tour Guide: Linda Blowney

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