North Cemetery, Portsmouth New Hampshire
(North Cemetery, Portsmouth, NH)

Gravestones: A Reflection on American Lifestyles

The link above brings you to my gravestone study. In 1990, I completed my undergraduate Senior Thesis about the history of colonial gravestone art in New England. I spent the preceding year traveling around Massachusetts and New Hampshire by train to view various graveyards, take pictures of them, and study the images on the stones.  My project culminated in a trip to Caltech University to present my paper at an undergraduate research conference.  To this day, I still dabble in gravestone research and enjoy exploring cemeteries and viewing their gravestone art with my husband.

       Recommended Readings

        Theodore Chase and Laurel Gabel.  Eighteenth-Century New England Carvers and
         Their Work
.  (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 1990.

        Ludwig, Allen I. Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and Its Symbols,
.  Wesleyan University Press, 1999.  (3rd edition)

        Recommended Links:

   The Association for Gravestone Studies Online

2001-2002 Melissa Mannon

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