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*Ron Romano: Hidden Meanings

  • 01 Aug 2017
  • 6:30 PM
  • 1270 Wesstbrook St., Portland, ME

The Tate House Museum
1270 Westbrook Street
Portland, Maine 04104
(207) 774-6177

On August 1 at 6:30 P.M., the Tate House Museum will host a lecture by Ron Romano on the hidden meanings etched into early tombstones.

Historic cemeteries in southern Maine are rich with beautifully decorated gravestones, carefully hand-carved by the stone-cutters of the day. The work they left behind constitutes a unique form of folk art, full of interesting designs and symbolisms.

Winged-skulls, pointing fingers, urns and willows, and hourglasses are just a few of the many images found on early headstones. This heavily illustrated lecture will look at gravestone symbols and consider their significance, helping attendees gain a new appreciation of what Romano refers to as “outdoor art museums.”

Romano serves on the board of Spirits Alive, Friends of Eastern Cemetery in Portland, Maine, where he manages the cemetery’s walking tours. Author of two books on Eastern Cemetery and its resident stone-cutter, he is a frequent lecturer on early gravestones.

This event is part of the Tate House Museum Summer Lecture Series. 

The admission fee, which supports the museum and its programs, is $12 ($10 for docents and members). Light refreshments will be served. For reservations, please call 774-6177 or email the museum at


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