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Graven Images

July 2, 2024
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A headstone in a cemetery with a tree in the background

The Friends of the Case Memorial Library will be presenting a talk on “Graven Images:  Colonial New England Gravestones as Art and History” on Saturday, November 4th at 2:00pm in the Library Program Room.

Early New England gravestones are unique expressions of the culture and beliefs of their time and place in our history.  Crafted by hand by itinerant stone carvers, the symbols and epitaphs provide a unique window into the fears and concerns, hopes and ambitions of generations long past.  Their origins and purpose in a rapidly evolving society will be presented by cultural historian and Wesleyan University Visiting Scholar, Richard J. Friswell.

Richard Friswell co-directs the Wesleyan Wasch Center Seminars, the university’s adult education program.  He has published three books of historical fiction dealing with topics of cultural history through the imagined eye of a historian and storyteller.  He speaks and lectures widely on topics related to the ‘Modern Era,’ a time during the 18th and 19th centuries when Western civilization was experiencing rapid change in the face of the Industrial Revolution and widespread political upheaval.

Please join us for this program which is free and open to the public.  Reservations are required via or by phone 203-891-2170.

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