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Engraved: The Meanings Behind 19th Century Tombstone Symbols, by Tammy Shane

The Historical Society of Hilltown Township invites you to this fascinating speakers' program. Tombstone memorials experienced great change throughout the 19th century, as Americans thought about death in new, more emotional and evocative ways. Tombstone carvers were tasked with carving symbols that illustrated a softer and more hopeful way of viewing death not as an endpoint, but rather a step on the path to a better and glorious afterlife where family would be reunited. Ms. Shane has photographed and studied 19th century tombstone carvings in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, and will present the meanings behind them. These symbols were a language of sorts in their time, and still speak to us today.

Engraved: The Meanings Behind 19th Century Tombstone Symbols, by Tammy Shane