Autumn is a time of shortening days and cooler temperatures. The year is sliding into darkness, and so our thoughts, as they have done for centuries, turn to mortality, death and eldritch fears. And what better way to contemplate the most natural thing in the world, death, than with a cemetery tour in an idyllic rural setting?
I’ll discuss the evolution of the American cemetery with an evening walking tour of the Rocheport Cemetery on Monday, October 1. I’ll touch on some of the members of Rocheport’s history, but tombstones don’t just tell the story of a life, but the history of our country. Symbols and materials changed through time and reflected the values and trends of society. And yet, some burial practices are as old as the pyramids in Egypt.
Bring your questions and your curiosity for a relaxed conversation about the past and future changes of American resting places.
The tour will be Monday, October 1 from 6-7 p.m. at the Rocheport City Cemetery, 304 N. Gaw St. in Rocheport, MO. Please meet at the cemetery.