Stranger, Stop and Cast an Eye: Time Travels Through the Graveyard

Presented by Deryn Otis-Farrabee

From the Puritan era to the Gilded Age, changing attitudes toward death and dying informed the carving of grave markers. Social standing, religious thought and available materials combined to produce a rich variety of styles, from simple geometric death’s heads to elaborate Masonic pictorials. Attendees are invited to examine the presenter’s collection of gravestone rubbings, primarily from eastern Massachusetts.