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!!!SOLD OUT!!! Consolations of Memory: Death and Mourning in the Nineteenth Century
October 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmFREE
Consolations of Memory: Death and Mourning in the Nineteenth Century
This event is a guided cemetery walk of the area surrounding Hotchkiss Chapel as well as the Chapel itself. Along the way guests will learn not only about mourning customs of the 19th century but also illness, medical treatments, funerary and burial practices, post-mortem photography and more.
2016 Special Exhibits
The Funeral Service: Guests are invited to experience a 19th Century funeral service in the Chapel followed by a procession down the old carriage path where Mr. Avery will conduct the Burial Service. Services will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Our Little Angel in Heaven: Learn about 19th Century child mortality, common childhood diseases of the era, how children were mourned and see a collection of mementos, photographs and more.
Other Event Details
This is a free event but registration is required.
Complimentary parking and public restrooms will be available. Enter at the main gate of the cemetery and you will be directed to the parking area. This is a rain or shine event (except for excessive lightening.)
About the Mourning Society of St Louis
We are a civilian re-enacting group with a focus on mid-nineteenth century mourning, death culture, funeral customs and Victorian spiritualism but we often branch out into other eras and topics from St Louis history such as the ladies of the 1916 Golden Lane Protest, the 1904 World’s Fair and World War I. The Mourning Society has participated in events at Bellefontaine Cemetery and The Missouri History Museum.