Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Welcome To The Graveyard" Presentation October 19th

North Cemetery in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
© W. Hersee

(Worcester, MA)  Cemetery educators, The Gravestone Girls, whose mission is to “Keep Our Dead Alive”, will be presenting a virtual tour, called “Welcome to the Graveyard”, centered on Sturbridge’s three local cemeteries at the Sturbridge Town Hall, Wednesday, October 19st at 7pm.  As guests of The Joshua Hyde Public Library, The Gravestone Girls’ 90 minute presentation is built on photographs recently taken in these special and interesting burying places around Sturbridge, which was incorporated in 1738, and charts the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era into the 21st century.

This is a popular program that has been given around the New England area by The Gravestone Girls for the past ten years.  The group regularly works with libraries, historical societies and genealogical groups, among others, to teach about “the art, symbolism and history of these living history museums located on everyone’s mainstreets and backyards” says Ms. Sullivan, one in the group of three cemetery enthusiasts.  She further added “Almost everyone is interested in these peaceful and beautiful spaces, but may be hesitant to say so to others.  Our presentation lets you know you’re not the only one.  Come see what we do, we fill the room every time!”

For a detailed calendar of this and other Gravestone Girls’ events please visit   Further information can also be found at the library at 306 Main Street.  The address of the Town Hall where the event will be held is 308 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA.

The Gravestone Girls not only provide interesting historical cemetery presentations, they also create beautiful and unusual sculpted art pieces using the primitive art from the faces of original New England gravestones as well as teach gravestone rubbing classes and lead cemetery tours.  Their gravestone art is shown regularly at art and craft festivals.  Often commissioned for documentation and fundraising projects utilizing special aspects of important cemeteries and gravestones, they have executed these public and private projects for clients nationwide.  The evening’s presentation will include a variety of gravestone castings from their 100+ image collection, as well as the opportunity to purchase these lovely art pieces.

Contact Information:   Brenda Sullivan
Company Name:  The Gravestone Girls
Address:  16 Schussler Road, Worcester, MA  01609
Telephone:  508.212.3162


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