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May
18
Saturday
May
18
Sat
Education :: Classes also Special Events :: Community Event
Butte Cemetery Symbolism Masterclass
9:00 AM
Butte Silver-Bow Archives
Description:
Have you always wondered why some headstones in Montana cemeteries look like carved tree trunks? Have you ever strolled through your local cemetery and wondered what an “Oddfellow” was, or why there are strange altars and incense burners near graves that have Chinese or Japanese inscriptions? Join us in Butte this spring to learn more about ethnic communities, fraternal organizations, and cemetery symbolism in Montana. Crystal Alegria, Executive Director of the Extreme History Project; Mark Johnson, author and historian of the Chinese experience in Montana; and Aubrey Jaap, Executive Director of the Butte-Silver Bow Archives team up to provide an informative and comprehensive look at symbols, meaning, and funerary practices in Montana. After a morning in the classroom with our experts, we will provide you with lunch before reconvening in the Mount Moriah Cemetery. You will take part in the Mai Wah Museum’s annual tomb cleaning ceremony in the Chinese section, then spend time discovering the many common and unique symbols contained in this beautiful cemetery. Later, join us for snacks and beverages at the optional “Afterlife Celebration” at Axelsons Funeral Services to learn more about modern-day mortuary and funeral practices.
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Age Group: 18+
Venue: Butte Silver-Bow Archives
Address: 17 W Quartz St Butte, MT 59701
Phone: 4067823280

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