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Event: Post Mortem Mourning Practices in 18th and 19th Century New England

Maine Historical Society, Portland

More About Maine Historical Society:

The Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Maine Historical Society is the third oldest historical society in the United States. Maine Historical Society is located on a one-acre campus in the heart of downtown Portland. It is comprised of the Longfellow House, home of 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; the Brown Library; the MHS Museum and Shop; and the Maine Memory Network, a statewide digital museum. Guided tours of the Longfellow House, decorated with original furnishings and family memorabilia, offer a unique glimpse into the life of the poet and his family, as well as into the cultural and social history of 19th century Portland. Longfellow's poetry and the context of his work are woven throughout the presentation.


See fashions and customs from Maine Historical Society's collections and learn about 18th & 19th century mourning practices.

In addition to wearing only black apparel for up to a year, mourners in New England abided by fashions and customs that demonstrated intense grief. Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine, and a board member of Spirits Alive, will lead us on an exploration of these practices, utilizing examples from Maine Historical Society's collections.

Lecture begins at 1:30 (approximately 1 hour long).

No charge. Donations accepted.
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489 Congress St
Portland, Maine, 04101
(207) 774.1822
f.(207) 775.4301
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See fashions and customs from Maine Historical Society's collections and learn about 18th & 19th century mourning practices.

In addition to wearing only black apparel for up to a year, mourners in New England abided by fashions and customs that demonstrated intense grief. Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine, and a board member of Spirits Alive, will lead us on an exploration of these practices, utilizing examples from Maine Historical Society's collections.

Lecture begins at 1:30 (approximately 1 hour long).

No charge. Donations accepted.
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