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      Mourning in the Morning: Carved in Stone: Exploring Cemetery Symbolism & Iconography in Rochester


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      November 14, 2020

      Saturday  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

      115 South Avenue
      Rochester, New York 14604

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      Mourning in the Morning: Carved in Stone: Exploring Cemetery Symbolism & Iconography

      Symbols are a part of our daily lives. We use, respond, and react to them without much thought. Consider all the traffic signals and symbols you encounter while driving your car or the funny face emojis you include in emails and text messages. Symbols communicate with us subconsciously and can be a substitute for written words.



      A cemetery is a virtual encyclopedia of symbols. They are everywhere - on headstones, monuments, mausoleums, chapels, stained glass windows, and statuary. But why are they there? What do they mean? Are symbols meant to be interpreted literally, or is there a deeper meaning? What do they tell us about the deceased?



      We will explore the fascinating world of cemetery symbolism and iconography highlighting the Victorian and 19th century symbolism found in Mount Hope and other area cemeteries, as well as take a glimpse at how modern-day cemetery symbols have evolved.


      Deb Coffey is a historian, researcher, and cemetery enthusiast. She is a current trustee, tour guide, and volunteer coordinator, with the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York and is an aspiring Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide. Deb has explored and photographed several cemeteries in researching 19th century funerary art & architecture, cemetery symbolism, and Civil War history. Retired from the corporate world, she currently works in Public Safety.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Museums & Attractions | Religion & Spirituality

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