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Tombstones, Folklore, and Material Culture

Grave and cemetery site mapping is a popular tool for genealogical research. Websites such as Find A Grave, Billion Graves, and Names In Stone serve a mass public’s interest in locating individuals’ and families’ final resting places. As primarily genealogical tools, these projects center on the personal data inscribed on tombstones (names, birth and death dates, etc.). Folklorists, however, often shift the focus of grave and cemetery research to the tombstones themselves—as objects of material culture. This exhibit combines cemetery mapping and a material culture perspective on tombstone design and craft. The core of this exhibit is the…