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MCHS History Speaks on the Air: At Rest: Death & Mourning Customs

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MCHS History Speaks on the Air
At Rest: Death & Mourning Customs


The next History Speaks On the Air talk will focus on various customs associated with death and mourning of the dead. This talk is jointly presented by the Marathon County Historical Society and the Marathon County Public Library, and will be live-streamed to the MCHS Facebook page and YouTube Channel and made available online afterwards as well.

This presentation provides a peek into the lives of those who mourned and those who cared for the dead, spanning approximately 1850 to 1950. Viewers will learn about the social history of how our ancestors dealt with death and mourning, and how some of those traditions appear in modern times. The program will include items from Kathy’s personal collection of death and funeral memorabilia, including casket plates, advertising items and memorial photos depicting babies, children and adults after death.

Kathy Volkmann is Curator of Artifacts at the Historical Society. One of her personal interests is items involved in funerals and the customs associated with how people through history have mourned and celebrated the lives of loved ones who have passed on into death.

Free and open to the public. Interested patrons may register for a reminder email with the direct link to view the talk by sending an email to with "History Speaks reminder" in the subject line. It is not necessary to register to view the live presentation.

  • MCHS History Speaks on the Air: At Rest: Death and Mourning Customs
    📅 Attend Sat., 10/31/20, 23 p.m. CDT @ Online (See event details.)

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Join us for an interesting virtual talk on Halloween afternoon about the social history of death and mourning! Part of a partnership between MCPL and the Marathon County Historical Society. 🖶