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Sunset or Sunrise?

The sun is a potent symbol throughout the world—ancient and modern.  In funerary symbolism it is depicted in many ways: as a yellow sphere; as spreading rays of light; as a geometric pattern shaped like a many-pointed star; as lines … Continue reading

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From Rages to Riches

Our history is full of stories about smart and ambitious immigrants who “struck it rich” after they came to America.  One such story about Irish immigrant, James Graham Fair, who was born December 3, 1831, in Clogher, Ireland, to a … Continue reading

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Profusion of Flowers

The Amadeo Pietro Giannini (May 6, 1870-June 3, 1949) and Clorinda Agnes Cuneo Giannini (March 4, 1869-December 21, 1941) gravesite in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, California, marks the grave of A.P. Giannini and his wife, Clorinda, and … Continue reading

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The Draped Cannon

LUTHER SON OF S. P. & M. E. WINKLEPLECK BORN JULY 5, 1877 DIED NOV. 6, 1898 A MEMBER OF BATERY G. U.S. HEAVY ARTILLERY A precious one from has gone A voice we loved is still A place is … Continue reading

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Real or Imagined?

Stories abound of the supernatural—apparitions that appear in gossamer gowns that fade into the murky night air, screams emanating from the “haunted” cemetery, sculptures that have eyes that glow red after dark.  How do these stories get started?  Are the … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

This gray granite Steele in the Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, depicts an intricately carved Tree of Life with two opposing figures facing each other. The Tree of Life is found in many cultures and is an archetype found in … Continue reading

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Portals—Heavenly and “Not So Much”

Additional photos A common and oft heard remark from Christians is that when they die, they will go to Heaven and meet with St. Peter at the “Pearly Gates” when they enter the Kingdom.  This is such a popular scenario … Continue reading

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Rustic Monument to a Judge

DANIEL GANTT DIED AT NEBRASKA CITY MAY 28, 1878 AGED 63 YEARS At the time of his death he was honorably serving the State of Nebraska in the high position of CHIEF JUSTICE NON ENIM TAM AUCTORITATIS IN DUSPUTANDO QUAM … Continue reading

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Tree-stump Monument as a Tribute to Arbor Day

CAROLINE WIFE OF J. STERLING MORTON DIED AT ARBOR LODGE JUNE 29, 1881 AGED 47 YEARS She was the Mother of JOY, PAUL, MARK, and, CARL MORTON. J. STERLING MORTON BORN APR. 22, 1832 DIED APR. 27, 1902 EMMA MORTON … Continue reading

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Monument to a Businessman–a Desk

The Harding Family monument in the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City, Nebraska, sits in the middle of a large family plot that is set off by carved limestone logs marking its boundaries.  Tree stump gravestones and curbing carved to resemble … Continue reading

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