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Virtual event: Burial Hill Tour

Saturday, May 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT


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One of the great delights of wandering through old burying grounds is encountering unexpected epitaphs and intricately carved designs on gravestones. What do winged skulls, urns, and sheaves of wheat symbolize? How do visual images and verses convey long-departed Plymoutheans’ religious beliefs and attitudes toward death?

Tune in to a live stream on the Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s Facebook page with Dr. Anne Mason, PAS Executive Director. This mini tour will start promptly at 1 p.m. on Saturday and last about 30 minutes. You do not have to be a Facebook member to view the video on our page and it will be available for viewing after the live broadcast ends.

At any time before or after the live event, view a series of short videos exploring the meaning of gravestone carvings and epitaphs on Burial Hill. The videos and photographs of these remarkable stone artifacts are available on our website: http://plymouthantiquarian.org/burial-hill/.

Keeping with the spirit of #ArtWeekAtHome we are encouraging everyone to explore the art of historic gravestones on their own. Use our scavenger hunt page (available at http://plymouthantiquarian.org/burial-hill/) and find examples of the symbols in your local cemetery. Take advantage of these open-air museums (while practicing safe social distancing).

If you have any questions about accessing these resources, please email director@plymouthantiquarian.org or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill: History in Progress is a free program presented by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society in collaboration with the Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum. This series of themed history expeditions on Burial Hill, one of America’s oldest and most significant burying grounds, is usually offered on the first Saturday of every month. In-person 2020 tours are suspended until further notice.

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an annual award-winning innovative festival. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival as originally conceived was cancelled and #ArtWeekAtHome was launched as
a reimagined format. To find out more go to www.artweekma.org or


Saturday, May 2, 2020
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT


Plymouth, MA United States + Google Map

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