Author and Historian Tammy Schane will present Symbols in the Cemetery on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm. Discover the meaning of symbols carved on tombstones; the history behind them; and why tombstone styles changed in the 19th century.
Ms. Schane lectures on her research of 18th and 19th century cemeteries. She is also the author of Engraved: The Meanings Behind 19th Century Tombstone Symbols.
It’s happening at the Historic Montgomery Cemetery in Norristown. Established in 1847, Montgomery Cemetery was the first public, non-sectarian burial grounds in Montgomery County. Ideally located on sloped land along the Schuylkill River just outside Norristown, and designed in a formal Rural Landscape style, it provided a park-like setting for families to visit their relatives, view the outdoor symbolic sculpture on monuments, and walk the grounds.
With almost 6000 known burials, Montgomery Cemetery holds the remains of some of the most prominent citizens, veterans and reformers in the county and nation. From five Civil War generals to many captains of industry, it tells the story of the nation through the lives it represents. Over 400 veterans are buried in Montgomery Cemetery from the War of 1812 through the Korean War. The cemetery is no longer an active burial ground, but is preserved as a link to the past.
The entrance to Montgomery Cemetery is at the end of Hartranft Avenue, off of West Main Street, Norristown.
A $15 per person ticket includes the Walking Tour, Refreshments and Presentation.
Tickets are limited: to reserve a space by phone: 610-272-0297; online: hsmcpa.org; or email: [email protected]