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10/3/2016 - Cemetery educators, The Gravestone Girls present a virtual tour, called “Welcome to the Graveyard”, centered on Agawam’s seven local cemeteries at the Agawam Public Library, Monday, October 3, 2016 at 6:30pm

 

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“Welcome to the Graveyard!”

The Gravestone Girls present a virtual tour of Agawam Cemeteries at the Agawam Library

(Agawam, MA)  Cemetery educators, The Gravestone Girls, whose mission is to “Keep Our Dead Alive”, will present a virtual tour, called “Welcome to the Graveyard”, centered on Agawam’s seven local cemeteries at the Agawam Public Library, Monday, October 3, 2016 at 6:30pm.  The 90 minute presentation is built on photographs recently taken in the burying places around Agawam, and charts the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era into the 21st century.

This is a popular program that has been given around the New England area by The Gravestone Girls for over fifteen years.  The group regularly works with libraries, historical societies and genealogical groups, among others, to teach about “the art, symbolism and history of these living history museums located on everyone’s main streets and backyards” says Ms. Sullivan, one in the group of three cemetery enthusiasts.  She further added “Almost everyone is interested in these peaceful and beautiful spaces, but may be hesitant to say so to others.  Our presentation lets you know you’re not the only one.  Come see what we do, we fill the room every time!”

The Gravestone Girls not only provide interesting historical cemetery presentations, they also create beautiful and unusual sculpted art pieces using the primitive art from the faces of original New England gravestones as well as teach gravestone rubbing classes and lead cemetery tours.  For more information, visit www.gravestonegirls.com.

This event is sponsored by in part by a grant from the Agawam Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and by the Agawam Center Library Association.  It is presented by the Agawam Public Library and the Agawam Historical Society, www.agawamhistoricalassoc.webs.com.  .

Please register for this event by calling 789-1550 x4 or online at www.agawamlibrary.org. 

CONTACT:

Wendy McAnanama

wmcananama@agawamlibrary.org or 789-1550 x4