"Our adult oriented presentation is about New England cemetery art, history and symbolism in a 90 minute Powerpoint format. The ‘virtual tour’, called “Welcome to The Graveyard”, takes us from colonial burial grounds, through the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century and into 21st century locations. It examines why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look like they do and how styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years.
Prior to a committed program date, The Girls will hit the road and go through the host town’s cemeteries, taking pictures for use in building the presentation and using as much local content as possible for a customized experience. This program has been tailored for many different towns and groups, for presentations at historical societies, genealogy groups, libraries and others for more than fifteen years.
We bring along informational handouts for takeaway plus examples of our gravestone artwork so the audience can have a hands-on experience, plus purchasing opportunities. Q&A is welcome at the end of the show! Our Gravestone Girl Brenda Sullivan is always the presenter of our programs, and if schedules allow, other Gravestone Girls will join us too!
The aim of the program is to connect with the audience and teach them what’s in the backyards and main streets of their towns. We hope to inspire them to go out and explore on their own; which might lead to graveyard clean ups, documentation projects and other fun and educational cemetery experiences!"
|Franklin Public Library, Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 PM to find out what the Graveyard Girls have found|
This was shared from the Franklin Public Library webpage