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Cemeteries and Local History

EXD 360-2 Cemeteries and Local History

3 Hours Social Sciences

Instructor: Dr. Jerry Oldshue


The history of a community can be discerned from an investigation of local cemeteries.  Students will familiarize themselves with headstone styles, stone artists, cultural norms for various religious or cultural groups.  In addition, students will learn the local history related to the inhabitants of cemeteries.

Learning Objectives

  1. To become familiar with the inventorying of cemeteries
  2. To become familiar with grave marker art
  3. To become familiar with burial patterns of ethnic and racial groups
  4. To learn about graveyard folklore