Boston, MA (PressExposure) June 10, 2011 -- The Annual Victorian Society Twilight Talks will be held at Historic New England 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA with 5:30 PM Receptions and Lectures at 6:15 PM.
These three lectures will extol the virtues of the rural cemetery movement with fascinating illustrations.
August 4, 2011 - The Founding of Forest Hills Cemetery: An Early American Rural Garden Cemetery.
Anthony M. Sammarco, author of "Forest Hills Cemetery: 1848-2008," which marked the 140th anniversary of the founding of Forest Hills, will discuss the cemetery from its founding as the first rural cemetery in Boston, created by Henry A.S. Dearborn, mayor of Roxbury.
These dells and valleys and wide topography of the former Seaverns Farm evolved as a premier example of an arboretum cemetery that is today a composite of Bostonians from all walks of life. In this illustrated lecture, Mr. Sammarco will extol the virtures of the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century of which this nationally important cemetery was a part.
August 11, 2011 - From Controversy to Mainstream: A Brief History of Cremation at Forest Hills Cemetery.
Speaker: Elise M. Ciregna, Director, Sales & Marketing (Formerly Curator of History, Archives, and Collections), Forest Hills Cemetery
What do Lucy Stone, William Grueby, and Sacco and Vanzetti have in common? They were all cremated at the Forest Hills Crematory. Join us for a fascinating look at the history of cremation at Forest Hills Cemetery, where the first crematory in New England was founded in 1893 - from its creation to current use, including some of its most famous events, advocates and yes, "end users."
August 18, 2011 - The Goddess and the Colonel: Conservation of Two 19th-Century Monuments at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Speaker: Meg L. Winslow, Curator of Historical Collections, Mt. Auburn Cemetery
Join us to learn about two remarkable conservation projects: A combination of recent technology and ancient craftsmanship were used to conserve the marble statue depicting Hygeia, the Greek Goddess of Health carved by sculptor Edmonia Lewis.
Conservation, preservation, and restoration came together for the 1848 Shaw monument, designed by architect Hammat Billings, carved by Alpheus Cary, and commissioned by Robert Gould Shaw (grandfather of his namesake who commanded the 54th Massachusetts Regiment of African American soldiers in in the Civil War)
Learn how how fine art conservation is applied in a landscaped Cemetery setting where vistas, plantings, and visitors are taken into consideration.
Admission: $8.00 Members VSA/NE, $10.00 Friends