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Grave Landscapes Lecture & Book Signing

  • 20 Feb 2018
  • 7:00 PM
  • Cherokee Garden Library

Grave Landscapes: The Nineteenth-Century Rural Cemetery Movement  by James R. Cothran and Erica Danylchak

During the Industrial Revolution people flocked to American cities, where overcrowding led to packed urban graveyards that were unsightly and a source of public health fears. The solution was a revolutionary new type of American burial ground located in the countryside just beyond the city. These rural cemeteries predated America’s public parks, and their popularity as picturesque retreats helped propel America’s public parks movement. Grave Landscapes details rural cemetery design characteristics to facilitate their identification and preservation, and places rural cemeteries into the broader context of American landscape design to encourage appreciation of their broader influence on the design of public spaces. Danylchak will discuss the inspiration for rural cemeteries, their physical evolution, the nature of the landscapes they inspired, and the value of these cemeteries in the 21st century.

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