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AGS New England Chapters: Fall Meeting*

  • 15 Oct 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Hope Cemetery, Worcester, MA

Hosted by Association for Gravestone Studies

Forty years ago this June, the first Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, a two-day symposium on Puritan Gravestone Art, convened at the Dublin School in Dublin New Hampshire. Among the attendees were most of the founders of the Association for Gravestone Studies. AGS was organized and incorporated the following year. What better time for the three New England chapters of AGS to meet together, renew acquaintances and share common interests?

The meeting will be co-sponsored by the Friends of Hope Cemetery. Established in 1854, Hope Cemetery was Worcester's sixth public cemetery. The landscaping and much of the funerary art are typical of the rural cemetery movement; gravestones and remains from five earlier burial places are also located here.

The cemetery, located a short distance from I-290, on the south side of the city, is at most a 60-90 minute drive from the places where many New England AGSmembers live.

Hope Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. For more information about Hope Cemetery, go to:

The meeting will consist of a morning session, 10 AM to noon, a midday session (light lunch provided) and an afternoon session, 2 to 4 PM. During the midday session, there will be time to socialize and to tour and/or explore the cemetery. Speakers will include:

  • Lynne Baguette, Professor of Graphic Design, LSU
  • Peter Barnes, Dublin Seminars for New England Folklore
  • Craig Chartier, Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project

Maybe, if there's sufficient interest, those who wish to can get together the following day to explore other cemeteries in the Worcester area

AGS will provide more information about this meeting in the next two issues of the AGS e-Newsletter, and via chapter email lists -- stay tuned!

If you plan to attend: please contact Andrea

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