Gravestones and Symbols: Biddeford’s Cemeteries
August 14 @ 7:00 pm
Southern Maine’s cemeteries are rich with folk art. Beautifully hand-carved gravestones created by local stonecutters are readily found throughout our region. But what do the gravestone symbols — urns & willows, skulls & crossed bones, and pointing fingers — really mean? In this heavily-illustrated presentation featuring many gravestones found in Biddeford, cemetery historian and author Ron Romano will describe the anatomy of a gravestone, discuss the types of materials found in our burial grounds and explain the meanings of dozens of gravestone symbols. Ron will also have his books for purchase, including the most recently published, “The Billboard Monuments of Maine: A Collection of Rare 1800s Gravestones.” Suggested donation for nonmembers-$5.