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Fourth Annual Cemetery Cemenar “Hunterdon County at War: The Home Front …what do you do with a dead solider?”
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 am - 2:00 pm$10
Sponsored by the Hunterdon County Historical Society and the 300th Committee, this year’s seminar and meet and greet, “Hunterdon County at War: The Home Front” will explore the question through history and time, “What do you do with a dead solider?” (quote from character played by Jimmy Stewart in the 1965 movie “Shenandoah”).
Multiple speakers will discuss burial practices for the War dead including embalming methods and social customs beginning with the Revolutionary War through the Civil War and WW1.
John Allen will open the lectures with a broad overview of past burial practice for war dead, tracing how America has evolved from “bury him where he falls” to “bring him home so he can rest in American soil, at Federal expense” Brian Armstrong will speak about WWI. John Kuhl will be address the American Civil War as treatment of the dead evolved with embalming advances and changing sensitivities. Charlie Fisher will speak about embalming and burials of war dead. These lectures will be followed by a 30 minute lunch, and the session will end with tours held in the Flemington Presbyterian Church graveyard where there are burials of veterans from most wars in which the United States was involved.
The seminar will be held at the Flemington Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street, Flemington. Registration is required-$10. Visit the Historical Society website for more information.