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18th & 19th Century Connecticut Gravestones

This exhibit celebrates our earliest colonial American art form. It is our hope that the photographs, rubbings, historic documents and stone fragments on display will serve to inspire and educate the viewer as to the historic importance of our ancient "places of sleep."

Every community has its very own "bookmarks of time" -- "a tangible census" of their predecessors, and a significant manifest of its heritage. Early burial grounds and old cemeteries are not only rich in examples of art styles from the past, but also provide us with insight into almost every discipline of study imaginable, from the obvious history and genealogy, to English literature and statistics.

Let us introduce you to our stone pages, share some of their stories, interpret some of their symbols and tell you about the men who carved these works of art and why this rapidly fading part of our heritage needs to be recognized and protected. We promise you'll make new discoveries and never look at an old burial ground in the same way again.

Items for this exhibit have been acquired with the support and labors of the members of the Connecticut Gravestone Network. Find out more about the network and its mission at the Connecticut Gravestone Network home page.

Curators: Ruth Shapleigh-Brown & Jane Recchio
Homer Babbidge Library, Stevens Gallery, Level B