Author events, lectures, and musical entertainment at the Cherry Hill Public Library. In the past, we have welcomed best-selling authors, and notable speakers. Topics feature local history, wellness, sports, community engagement and entertainment.
Walk through some cemeteries and out back, beyond the fancy marble gravestones and grand granite monuments, you may find many more personal expressions of memorialization cast in concrete, carved
from wood, wrought in metal, etc.
Historians Gordon Bond and Stephanie M. Hoagland noticed these evidently homemade grave markers while exploring New Jersey’s cemeteries and were inspired to research
the stories behind them. What they discovered was a
little-studied and underappreciated form of funerary
Calling them “folk grave markers,” Bond and Hoagland found that they were created primarily in the first half of the 20th century, despite the long-established availability of commercially manufactured markers. They are made from a variety of materials, reflect various ethnic and religious traditions, and can be very simple or highly ornate. Bond and Hoagland’s initial surveys, however, discovered patterns that offer clues as to who made them and why. “Made from my own hand” provides an introduction to this overlooked vernacular history and the unique
challenges of its preservation.
Registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsceuppjouGtCxyDU-X7mAt7kbQ_Wc92qO
New Jersey is rich in its folklore, from the New Jersey Devil to the Library Ghost. Professional Folk Teller, Judy England Mc-Carthy, will help these tales come alive! Suitable for the entire family.
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