Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
Sep
1
to Oct 27

Cemetery Scavenger Hunt

This is an online scavenger hunt that you can play by following our posts on Facebook or Instagram. Every Sunday from September 1 to October 27, 2019 we’ll be posting a photo clue. To play along all you have to do is post a photo to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #msstlcsh. The only requirement is that the photo was taken in a cemetery!

It’s a great way to learn about cemetery history and a reason to get out and visit your local historical cemeteries! Click here for the the first clue.

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Campbell House by Candlelight
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Campbell House by Candlelight

Experience the Campbell House period rooms dimmed to gaslight brightness and draped for mourning. Guests get the unique opportunity to walk through the Campbell House at night and learn about the Victorian mourning customs. The Mourning Society members will even be in appropriate mourning dress!

Witness Robert Campbell's 1879 wake in the parlor and hear about the process of preparing the deceased for the funeral, Victorian mourning etiquette, dress, and cemeteries.

This year’s tour will also include a special exhibit of original post-mortem photographs.

Tours will be at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm. Please pick a time slot when you purchase tickets. Tickets are $15 and $5 for CHM Members. Call 314-421-0325 for tickets or purchase them online

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A Victorian Holiday at the General Daniel Bissell House
Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

A Victorian Holiday at the General Daniel Bissell House

This is the spooky Christmas event you didn’t know you needed! Join the members of the Mourning Society as we revive the 19th century tradition of Christmas ghost stories!

Visitors to the General Daniel Bissell House will enjoy a unique holiday experience. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to tell Christmas ghost stories, Charles Dickens-style, and will play Victorian parlor games with guests. A gentleman will be on hand to provide brief tours of this grand old 19th century mansion.

Refreshments will be available. Call 314-615-8800 or by email jmagurany@stlouisco.com.

$4 per person, no advance reservations needed.

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Consolations of Memory 2020
Oct
3
10:00 AM10:00

Consolations of Memory 2020

Consolations of Memory isn’t quite like the other cemetery tours you’ll see coming up this fall . Rather than portraying the spirits of those buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery we portray the living, breathing people of the era who were left behind to mourn the loss of a loved one.

The tour begins with a a guided cemetery walk. As you make your way through the cemetery you will encounter Mourning Society members exploring topics that relate to life, death and mourning in the mid 19th Century. During the tour guests will learn about the tragic events in St Louis history, funeral and burial practices and how the dead were remembered. The tour is followed immediately by a funeral reenactment, procession and burial service.

Check back here for details about our 2020 event at Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Image courtesy of Curt Dennison

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