Keep Our Dead Alive - Welcome to the Graveyard
Thu, Oct 17, 2013
Times: 7:30 pm
Venue: Salem Witch Museum
19 1/2 Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970Contact:
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Apple cider, hot cocoa, seasonal fall treats and graveyards? You'll experience all of this at the Salem Witch Museum this fall, when we invite Brenda Sullivan of the Gravestone Girls to take you on a virtual tour, called Welcome to the Graveyard. Their mission is to Keep Our Dead Alive. The 90 minute presentation, centered on Salem and Danvers' combined 33 local cemeteries and is built on photographs recently taken in these interesting burying spaces around Salem (founded 1630) and Danvers (founded 1752), charting the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era into the 21st century. We will see the local, unique history as told by these silent objects.
This is a popular program that has been given around the New England area by the Gravestone Girls for more than ten years. The group regularly works with libraries, historical societies, and genealogical groups, among others, to teach about the art, symbolism, and history of these living history museums located on everyone's main streets and backyards. Almost everyone is interested in these peaceful and beautiful spaces, but may be hesitant to say so to others. The Gravestone Girls let you know you're not the only one. Come see what they do. They fill the room every time. Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance, tickets are available online only.