Episode 21: The Gravestone Girls

?It’s a two part special Halloween edition.?

Brenda of the Gravestone Girls was on recently to talk about all things relating to gravestones and their preservation work.  We also chat about postmortem images.

In episode 22, it’s my very first author interview. Paul Collins, The Literary Detective, talks about his new book and the genre of historical true crime.  They read like mystery novels, but the facts are real! Tune in to learn more

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About My Guest:

The Gravestone Girls create decorative artwork using the beautiful and primitive images carved on olde New England gravestones; give lectures and tours on cemetery art, history and symbolism as well as teach gravestone rubbing classes! Their work aims to entertain and educate on the historical perspective of old cemeteries by documenting and preserving the beautiful art they contain.

To produce their three-dimensional art pieces, they perfected a casting technique which exactly replicates the original gravestone carving. The creations in their collection are derived from 17th-21st century gravestones found in cemeteries throughout the New England region. All of their pieces are hand-formed and finished in a process they specifically developed. It’s important to note that no stones are ever harmed by our techniques—preservation is their primary concern!

The Gravestone Girls endeavor to help preserve a rich folk art tradition unique to our nation. They hope you are intrigued our activities to investigate and expand on the special history which lives in everyone’s backyards.

About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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