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Local cemetery historian and death customs expert Kathy Volkmann takes visitors on a “spook-tacular” exploration of funeral and memorial practices through the years. Her presentation, At Rest, will include a display of items from her extensive “death collection.”


Find out what role this machine had in early 20th century funerary customs

Take a look at funeral customs, beginning in the Victorian era, and how those left behind remembered their loved ones. Volkmann’s collection of items includes post-mortem photos, casket plates, memorial cards and mourning stationery. The display will also include items from the Marathon County Historical Society’s collection of artifacts.

Find out what a cooling board was used for and see one up close. Discover why furniture makers became undertakers in years past. Learn how the practice of photographing the dead changed over time.

Volkmann is the curator of artifacts at the Marathon County Historical Society, and led the restoration of the entrance arch at Pine Grove Cemetery. She also is the administrator of the Grand Cemeteries of Wausau Facebook page, and co-author of the book Wausau Beautiful. She has been collecting death related items for over 25 years.

There is no fee and no registration is required. For more information please call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.

At Rest

Marathon-County-Historical-Society-WausauSunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe Street, Wausau
No admission fee, no reservations required