Take a Walk on the Dark Side

Inclement weather forced the Brush Square Museums' staff to reschedule the Halloween program planned for the opening of the new exhibit, "In Loving Memory." On the evening of November 18th , in the Dickinson House, Brook Gaar-Bever, research consultant, conservator, and collector of Victorian Era mourning memorabilia gave a "ghoulishly" interesting lecture on their funeral and mourning customs. Highlights of the talk included death masks, home funerals, and mourning attire. The audience found the practice of photographing the deceased morbidly fascinating. Some of these photographs were part of the museum exhibit. [Click on the first image to see a slide show] Included in the program was a g

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