Posted Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Morris County Heritage Commission presents “New Jersey’s Historical Cemeteries: Burial Customs, Traditions and Preservation,” a two-part program to be held March 23 and March 30, at 6 p.m. at the Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Road in Morris Township.

New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones focuses on the cultural history of New Jersey’s historic cemeteries and burial grounds from the 17th century through the early 21st century.

The series will provide an overview of the state’s historic burial places and the grave markers they contain. Topics will include the types of burial grounds and their designs, the sweeping changes of 19th century burial practices and their impact on New Jersey cemetery landscapes, “Victorian Valhalla” markers and monuments, religious and cultural graveyard traditions, the history of cremation, the memorial park movement and other modern interment trends.

The series also will include information on cataloguing historic markers, common preservation problems and solutions, an update on cemetery preservation issues and commentary on current graveyard restoration efforts.

Program presenters are Richard Veit, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University and Mark Nonestied, staff member with the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

The series will be of interest to historical societies, planning boards, historic preservationists and others with an interest in the cultural history, art and archaeology of graveyard landscapes.

There is no charge to attend the program, however advance registration is appreciated. To register, please contact Peg Shultz at the Heritage Commission by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 973-829-8117.