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August 2022

Reading the Gravestones of Early New England

August 25 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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Boston, 02116
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Presented by John G. S. Hanson Virtually all genealogists have an appreciation for old graveyards: inscriptions often reveal birth and death dates, family relationships, and other details. Yet the epitaphs inscribed on early New England gravestones—poetic messages expressing contemporary attitudes towards life, death, and eternity—are too often dismissed as sentimental doggerel. Every single epitaph was chosen for a reason of utmost importance—to memorialize the death of a loved one. Knowing the literary context can increase our understanding of these historic…

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