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! Check back here on September 1st for the first clue.

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Consolations of Memory
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Consolations of Memory

Consolations of Memory is a guided cemetery walk of the area surrounding Hotchkiss Chapel. Each year we focus on a different topic that relates 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, how the dead were remembered and the lives of those left behind to mourn the loss. The tour is followed immediately by a funeral reenactment, procession and burial service.

Our 2019 tour will focus on the history and development of 19th Century rural cemeteries and will be followed by the 1866 funeral of Maurice D Blaine.

Tours will take place at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Registration for this free event will open in early September. Space is limited so make sure to follow us on Facebook for updates!

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Artificial Life: A History of Photography and Death
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Artificial Life: A History of Photography and Death

  • Jefferson County Library - Northwest Branch (map)
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A special lecture presented by the Mourning Society of St Louis on the history, modern misconceptions and myths surrounding 19th Century and early 20th Century memorial photography with original items from our collections.

Jefferson County Library - Northwest Branch 5680 Missouri PP, High Ridge, MO 63049

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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.

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