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Scipio’s Tomb, Classical Exemplar

Many ancient classical designs are replicated in modern graveyards, often in grand neoclassical mausoleums based on the designs of Greek and Roman temples.  Less extravagant examples can be found, too. For example, the sarcophagus of Alexander Moseley in the Mount Auburn … Continue reading

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Tomorrow for you

HODIE NIHI CRAS TIBI CHRISTIAN WIFE TO RICHARD MORE AGED 60 YEARS DEC’D MARCH YE 18 1676 Two things strike me immediately about this gravestone in Burying Point, the first place set aside in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1637, for burials.  … Continue reading

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Italian Model or Angel?

There is a story about “the girl in the shadow box”. It is an ancient story told and re-told of unrequited love that is also told about this statue. According to local St. Louis lore, the Herman Luyties’ (1871-1921) Monument in … Continue reading

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In the Dog House

Dogs have been kept as pets since a pharaoh ruled Egypt, where they were kept in mud brick kennels. Their digs over the years evolved and, for the most part, our dogs either live inside our homes with us, or outside … Continue reading

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Puppy Love

Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend! In fact, way back in 1821, the New York Literary Journal ran a poem that extolled just that. According to the latest pet ownership statistics from 2012, 36.5% of American households (43,346,000) … Continue reading

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The Community of True Inspiration

The straight upright rows of same-shaped gravestones look like they are located in a military graveyard—but they are not. These gravestones are in a tiny graveyard at “Main” Amana, Iowa, one of the seven villages founded by a communal German … Continue reading

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Memorial for a Mother and Infant

HERE lies the BODY of AMY REQUA wife of Stephen Van Wart with Her Infant by her side: She died Feb,y 22 : 1804 . Aged 19 Years & 16 Days. The golden bowl by death is broke The pitchers … Continue reading

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