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October 19, 2009

Preserving Death: Funerary Objects

Filed under: Podcasts and Slideshows — Matt Anderson @ 3:17 pm

We get into the Halloween spirit with a podcast on death-related objects in the Society’s collection. Curator Matt Anderson provides an overview of changing funeral customs, and then shares a look at a casket, a hearse, tombstones, and more.

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4 Responses to “Preserving Death: Funerary Objects”

  1. Glenna Anderson Says:

    What an interesting look at our past funeral practices! I enjoyed seeing the various objects associated with death. And thanks for the great information! It reminds me of the photos I once saw of my college roommate’s great-aunt, who was a nun, laying in her simple wooden casket surrounded by straw. Thanks, Matt, for the great podcasts you all are producing at the MNHS.

  2. Mort C Says:

    Though my blog is in its infancy, it seeks to explain historical and other interesting facts about why we do what we do in today’s funerals. You may find it interesting, be sure to bookmark it and visit often as it grows!

    cathy walters reply on October 7th, 2010:

    Thanks Mort C,Long ago my mother picked up at an auction most memorable Picture,dried flowers,braided hair,picture of a 10 month old girl? which had a silver casket with her name,I always felt sorrow that those who cared must been gone & who ever recived did not honor. Back in 1905 in kreis Mogilno ,Posen,Germany,my great grandfather passed away,he was a railroad worker,that day of his funeral his comrades from work got day off-they carried him and the procession was huge. A German way was to put an coin in eye lids(prouble to hold up sunken lids)but is really an ancient form since Roman times /Eygpt,for his journey in the other world. It was practiced here and was most likely ended by WWI,due to anti -German sediment.Funerals where held in family home,mirrors draped in black cloth.

  3. Barb Says:

    Thanks Matt!! That was very interesting.

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