Choose a significant monument/s from the original section/s you explored. [Or from another section if none of your monuments give you enough details to work with for the assignment.] Your tasks are to document, and interpret the monument /iconography, and relate it to the family it memorializes. Explain its style, its location, its condition, the family and its members. You are a graveyard historian. Make a complete record that we can give to Spring Grove. All of this goes on your blog along with a picture of the monument and it's symbols .
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
What do the carvings tell us? Are these expressions of love, faith, hope? Does the monument tell us of the family's professions, experiences, travels? Could these be warnings? Or teachings? Bring your Stories in Stone book and read the icons for hidden and overt meanings.
This stone is just saying it like it was..
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
We are going to re-collect the experience of the first Walk About. I will be distributing the 25 question lists and ask you to identify themes, impressions and constructs we wish to follow. Then we can go out into the "field." This week I will do the Docent role and lead the "History and Heritage tour" that is offered as a type of introduction to Spring Grove. Because some of you have been on this before, I will vary a bit from the general script. It will be an adventure!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
My son-in-law's father died over the weekend, and I am going to the viewing tonight and his burial tomorrow morning. I will be coming right from the cemetery in Springfield to class. I will be having a very immediate view of the "American Way of Death." Bill was a year older than me, a retired teacher and a Park Ranger at Put -in Bay during the summers. I really didn't know him very well, so I may learn more about him over the next two days than I did in our formal "family" gatherings. And of course it will get me to thinking about my life, my death [being mortal you know] and the fact that I will have to make some arrangements for myself. I think I want to be at Spring Grove.