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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Early Gravestone Symbols & Meanings - Live Online

with Ronald Romano


Southern Maine's colonial cemeteries are rich with folk art. Beautifully hand-carved gravestones created by local stonecutters are readily found throughout our region. But what do the gravestone symbols; rising suns, skulls & crossed bones and pointing fingers really mean? In this heavily illustrated presentation, cemetery historian and author Ron Romano will describe the 'anatomy' of a gravestone, discuss the types of materials found in our burial grounds and explain the meanings of dozens of gravestone images. Q & A to follow presentation. Registration closes at noon the day of class.

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Ron Romano, cemetery historian, is the author of three gravestone & cemetery themed books. He leads walking tours for Portland's 350-year old cemetery and serves on, and is an officer of, the national board of the Association for Gravestone Studies.

  • Feb 3rd, 2022
    Thu for 1 week from 6:30 - 7:00 pm

Online Class

For more info, call us at (207) 934-7922

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