The Saugus Historical Society Newsletter

November 2015

November General Meeting To Be Held Tuesday, December 8th
Saugus Cemeteries, By the Gravestone Girls

The Gravestone Girls presentation at the Saugus Historical Society, 30 Main Street, has been rescheduled to Tuesday evening, December 8 due to a scheduling conflict. As usual, the meeting is free and open to the general public and you need not be a Saugus Historical Society member to attend. Doors open at 6:45, with a brief business meeting at 7 followed by the program. Light refreshments will be served.

The Gravestone Girls, specializing in New England historical graveyard art and customs, have researched Saugus' cemeteries and will be giving us a fascinating program on these two special places in our town. Their motto is "Keeping Our Dead Alive!" Gravestone Girl Brenda Sullivan will give us a visually rich 90 minute presentation blending humor and history. Have you ever considered that cemeteries are a sort of outdoor museum containing some amazing stories of town's people?

For over 15 years, Gravestone Girls programs have been a huge hit at libraries, museums, historical societies, genealogical organizations, and other community groups throughout New England. We will hear about the art and customs that make New England graveyards special, the changes in style and attitudes that transformed cemetery landscapes over the last few centuries, and details and symbolism in cemetery art. Examples will be drawn from Riverside Cemetery and First Parish Cemetery in Saugus. This is a 90 minute presentation -- be prepared for some fascinating information!

Wreath and Greens Arrangement Workshop Thursday, December 4

Live greens, your choice of wreath frame or small container, and a variety of seasonal embellishments to choose from will be provided. The price of $20.00 includes all materials and a donation to Saugus Historical Society. It will be held at 7PM at 30 Main Street.

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