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Second Burial

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF FREDERICK A. RAUCH FIRST PRESIDENT OF MARSHALL  COLLEGE BORN IN KIRCHBRACHT JUL 27, 1806 DIED AT MERCERSBURG MARCH 2, 1841 Frederick Augustus Rauch, was the first and founding president of Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, … Continue reading

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His Empty Cradle

  JOSEPH DENNIS WING JUNE 20, 1909 MARCH 5, 1912 A little time on earth he spent Till God for him his angel sent. For me, the most poignant and tender gravestones are those for children because in the sweep … Continue reading

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Flatware and Bronze Doors

The doors to mausoleums are often imbued with symbolism.  In fact, the door itself represents a portal.  Portals come in many forms—a door, a window, even your eyes and your mouth are considered portals.  Many superstitions about death concern portals, … Continue reading

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…that immortal sea…

Anna Dorinda Blaksley Barnes Bliss 1851-1935 Anna Bliss was a generous benefactor to many charities including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Natural History in New York and the Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.  Mrs. Bliss was … Continue reading

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Stained Glass Pieta

Many mausoleums have a window in the rear part of the tomb—often made of stained glass. Many of these windows are hand painted works of art, most often depicting religious symbolism or religious figures. This stained glass and hand-painted window … Continue reading

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Escorts on the journey ahead

The modest mausoleum in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx was built for Charles Waite Waller (March 20, 1870-January 19, 1927) and his wife, Rose Ann Hutchcroft Waller.  Charles was born in the tiny coastal village of Anderby, England, with … Continue reading

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Double Take

The Egyptian Revival was an architectural movement that swept the United States and Europe.  The movement in America was influenced by three separate events—the first was Napoleon’s defeat of Egypt in the 1790s.  Later Napoleon published the results of his … Continue reading

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