Lecture: “Victorian Sentiments: The Art of Mourning Personal and Public” with Joanne and Dennis Picard

Wednesday, September 15, 5 pm

Jewelry and gravestones may seem to be an unlikely combination, but both reflect society’s beliefs about death and mourning in similar ways. And though we may identify mourning jewelry and sentimental gravestone symbolism with the Victorian period, their roots and usage go back to antiquity. During this lecture Joanne and Dennis Picard of Westfield, Massachusetts, will share images and stories spanning the past hundred plus years that reveal the dramatic regional changes in how people thought about death and mourning.

This FREE event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.