Cemetery Art Class
October 21, 2010
Have you ever wondered what the carvings on a tombstone mean? Do you think they are just there to make the headstone look prettier? Maybe they are, but most of the time there is a specific meaning for everything that is carved into a stone. Some things are easily understood. A heart for instance symbolizes love, as do roses most generally. But what about that upside down torch or the pair of children’s shoes? Then there is the beehive, the trumpet, or the shooting star. Do you know what the meaning is for those symbols?
Join me for my class, Cemetery Art: What Does That Thing on the Tombstone Mean? (Tombstone Iconography), on either Friday, October 29, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. or Tuesday November 9, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. Class size is limited, so you need to preregister for either class. We will discuss the various objects that appear on tombstones, touch briefly on different religious and cultural funeral practices, and go over some of the abbreviations you might find on a tombstone. This should be a fun event. Hope to see you at one of the two classes!
Midwest Genealogy Center