Monday, May 31, 2010

CNN Article on Cemetery Symbolism

CNN has a short article on cemetery symbolism posted on their web site.  It’s light on details, mostly covering a few well known symbols.  The comments are equally as interesting as the article, ranging from complaints there’s not enough diversity in the photographs to promoting green burials. 

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cemetery Presentation next week.

I will be giving a short presentation on the work I've done in cemeteries, along with an overview of various aspects of the laws pertaining to cemeteries and general preservation do-and-don't, at the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany, MS on May 20, 2010. The presentation begins at noon and will last around 35-45 minutes with a question and answer period following.

I'm excited about the opportunity to present to a non-professional audience! I've given a presentation to the Beaufort County Genealogical Society in Washington, NC and I have given several presentation at archaeological conferences, but this is the first time I'll be doing something like this. I'm trying to make it fun and informative with plenty of photos. I'll post a summary on the blog afterwards. If I can get my video camera to cooperate (it's in the shop at the moment) and if I'm feeling brave that day I may record the presentation and post it on the blog.

In other news, I will be updating the blog again as I have time. It's been a busy year so far and that isn't likely to change, but there are several local cemeteries I'd like to cover and there are plenty of topics yet to be explored.

I think I've mentioned it before but I'll mention it again - check out Grave Addiction. The site is maintained by Beth Santore, who also happens to be the chair of this year's AGS Conference. It's got some great cemetery information along with some paranormal tales. It's certainly different and chock-full of information both educational and entertaining. Speaking of the AGS Conference, if you haven't been you should go! I'm sad to say that I have never attended the conference, but if the finances come together perhaps I can attend this year. I had hoped to present but I believe the deadline for submitting papers has passed. The conference may seem expensive, but remember the rate is all-inclusive and includes workshops, lodging, and meals in addition to conference admission.

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