Guest lecture on mourning rituals next Saturday

 Some of the widows’ dresses and artifacts on display in the “Mourning Rituals” exhibit at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum through the month of October.

Notice the spelling, or you might think this is a lecture on waking up and pouring yourself a cup of coffee. Far from it, as the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum is pleased to welcome guest lecturers Betty English and Carolyn Balog who will be presenting an entertaining discussion on the rites and customs of mourning for lost loved ones in the Victorian era.

The half-hour lecture will be presented in the form of a dramatic skit in full Victorian mourning attire. Attendees will learn about the great Southern tradition of properly mourning for family members and will see various jewelry and other accessories that were important to the society of that era. Following the lecture, attendees will be guided through the full “Mourning Rituals” exhibit to view a more extensive collection of artifacts relating to this topic. Some of the more notable pieces in the collection include jewelry with the woven hair of the deceased, and post-mortem photos of Western outlaws including the man shot by Doc Holliday at the OK Corral in 1881.

The lecture and guided tour is on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. and is appropriate for the entire family. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children over 6. The Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum is located one block west of the square in Downtown Fayetteville. For more info, contact 770-719-4175.

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