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Museum After Dark: Mourning in Victorian America “To Weep with Those Who Weep”

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $5

Alex Dubois of the Litchfield Historical Society presents the tangible and intangible manifestations of loss in 19th century America, a time when mourning was both a personal means of grieving and a social expectation. Using examples from Litchfield, Fairfield, and other Connecticut towns, explore the history of mourning from the death of George Washington to the Civil War, with a focus on the objects and artwork created by Americans as part of the mourning process. Dubois discusses watercolor-on-silk memorial pictures painted by the young women of the Litchfield Female Academy, including three memorials painted by students from Fairfield. Two of these paintings are featured in the Litchfield Historical Society’s exhibition “To Weep with Those Who Weep: Mourning Practices in Litchfield,” including one on loan from the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
Wine & Cheese Reception: 6 – 6:30pm. Presentation: 6:30pm
Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.

Shown at right: Silk Mourning Piece by Sarah Turney (1799 – 1868). Watercolor on silk.
Fairfield Museum Collections, Gift of Richard Trubee Staples.

Details

Date:
October 25
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free – $5
Event Category:

Venue

Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, 06824 United States
Phone:
(203) 259-1598
Website:
https://www.fairfieldhistory.org

Organizer

Fairfield Museum
Phone:
(203) 259-1598
Email:
info@fairfieldhs.org
Website:
https://www.fairfieldhistory.org

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