Cemetery Workshop

June 27 – Deer Lodge, MT

Cemetery History, Preservation and Headstone Symbolism Workshop

June 27, 2023
9:00 AM to

4:00 PM

Cemetery History, Preservation, and Headstone Symbolism Workshop

With The Extreme History Project , The Foundation for Montana History, and the Old Montana Prison Museum

Date/Time: June 27, 9am to 4pm

Location: Old Prison Museum Conference Center in Deer Lodge, MT. 925 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT

Registration: Tickets are $67 which includes all registration fees, workshop materials, lunch and Ellen Baumler’s “The Life of the Afterlife in the Big Sky State: A History of Montana’s Cemeteries” published by Bison Books.

***Option to join us at 4:30 for the “Afterlife Party” and Mortuary Tour at Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home in Anaconda, MT (+ $10, see add-on option at checkout).

Are you curious about the hidden meanings behind the symbols and imagery commonly found in cemeteries? Do you want to learn more about the fascinating history and cultural significance of cemeteries? During this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the rich symbolism found on many cemetery monuments and headstones and how to preserve these important cultural artifacts for future generations. Led by expert guides and preservationists, you’ll explore a local cemetery and discover the hidden meanings behind the intricate carvings and inscriptions found on many headstones. You’ll also learn about the techniques and tools used to restore and preserve these historic markers, helping to ensure their longevity for years to come.

Whether you are a cemetery buff, a lover of art and architecture, or simply interested in preserving our cultural heritage, this workshop is perfect for you. Join us and unlock the mysteries of cemetery history and symbolism and connect with others who share your passion. The workshop will take place at the Old Prison Museum Conference Center in Deer Lodge, MT with the field portion taking place in the Hillcrest Cemetery. After a day of learning, join us at the Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home in Anaconda, for an “Afterlife Party” where light refreshments and drinks will be served!

A BIG Thank you you to our sponsors including: Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home and Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press

Register for this workshop by clicking here!