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Winter Exhibit: Rest in Peace

Location: Washtenaw County
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Winter Exhibit: Rest in Peace
‚?oRest In Peace: The Washtenaw Way of Death‚?Ě offers insight into 19th century customs surrounding death and the elaborate mourning customs of that era. See what it was like to have a home funeral with a coffin, flowers and portable pump organ right in the parlor. Gain a new understanding of the importance of embalming and the role it played in the funeral service industry. Look over many unique artifacts, photographs, mourning attire and tools of the trade. Enter a private mausoleum of post-mortem photography and walk through a small cemetery (and a big digital one) filled with meaningful symbolism.

The Museum on Main Street is located at 500 N. Main, at the corners of Beakes, E. Kingsley and N. Main. It's open on weekends, 12 noon- 4PM, Saturday and Sunday or by calling ahead during the week at 734-662-9092. Groups are welcome and if you see a white van in the parking lot, stop in! For more information: www.washtenawhistory.org or email wchs-1000@ameritech.net

The environments and displays created for this exhibit will showcase many artifacts from the WCHS collection, including a rare mourning ring from the early 19th century. And Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, in Chelsea, has graciously loaned several authentic funerary items for the duration of the exhibit. This exhibit closes February 17, 2013.

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