Marisa Hayes will present some of her research on headstone design in the Hudson Valley historic cemeteries. Her studies have focused on headstone styles from the colonial period through the Civil War. Headstones reflect the social identities and views of death held by historical peoples of the Hudson Valley. We can compare the designs to the gravestone studies of James Deetz in New England, and discover patterns that reveal culture, language, and heritage of the people who are buried in our region's oldest cemeteries. Ms. Hayes has recently completed her studies in history at SUNY Albany.
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