Garden Stones Long Forgotten

SVGS logoThe Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society announces its November program, “Garden Stones Long Forgotten,” to be presented by Kay Cogswell on November 28, 2012, at 6:30pm at the Handley Regional Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester, Va. (downstairs).

Cemeteries as we know them today did not exist in the United States until 1832. Kay Cogswell’s presentation offers a brief history of the reason for and the development of “garden cemeteries.”Symbolism was a large factor that heavily influenced the Victorians in their day-to-day life, in jewelry,
clothing, household objects, plants, flowers, etc. This symbolism was further carried over onto the grave markers. Ms. Cogswell’s research in this field has taken her to 29 different cemeteries in six different states. Her presentation is predominantly a pictorial tour of Victorian tombstones, symbols and meanings.

Ms. Cogswell has been involved in Civil War costuming activities and researching civilian life since 1974, and is currently an active member of the North-South Skirmish Association Costume Committee, serving two terms as Chair. She has spent countless hours of research on the topic of cemeteries, symbolism and iconography.

Please join us to discover what valuable information awaits you right here in Winchester! The meetingis free, open to the public, and co-sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) and the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives at Handley Library.

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