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History on the Rocks: Dying Art of Mourning

  • State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • Address: 600 E Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
  • October 26, 2017
  • From: 05:45 PM to 07:30 PM
  • Phone: (515) 281-5111
  • Price: $10 in advance; $15 at the door
Overview

Delve into historic death rituals and mourning practices while sipping on the “Grim Reaper” signature cocktail at History on the Rocks. Emily Godbey, associate professor of art and visual culture at Iowa State University, will discuss the intriguing historic custom of Victorian death portraits. Veronica O’Hern, artist and Iowa Arts Council program manager, will discuss and demonstrate the lost tradition of “hair work” that was also popularized during the Victorian era. The art of “hair work” was a common practice to create mementos and to remember a loved-one. Experience the tradition with a hands-on activity creating small objects out of synthetic hair. Before the night is over, browse death and funerary artifacts from the museum’s collection including, a funeral home record book, a casket, funeral clothing and undertaking implements.

History on the Rocks: Dying Art of Mourning