First Exploration of Spring Grove CemeteryPresentation Transcript
The Cemetery in Society: First Explorations A Walkabout Honors Experience Colloquium Summer Term 2009 A Presentation by Ryan Welsh and Christina Rielag Thursday, July 9, 2009
The first view of serenity in an unlikely place
Although manmade, still a tranquil image
“Yeah, this is the life”
A view from the other side… A “window” perhaps?
What is the story of C. Haffner’s object?
Some end with periods while others do not. Why?
A massive monument representing the Duhme Family
Plenty of room to sit and ponder the engraving, “Because I live ye shall live also”
Just a massive gravestone? Or perhaps the lid to the vault itself…
A very intricate “rephrasing” of an old-world idea
An eerie, but beautifully crafted piece of stone “The best is yet to be The last of life for which the first was made”
What are these?
Two names? Two families?
Procter as in P&G?
Just a glimpse of Mother Nature’s finest
Edwards Artist’s name: Lisa Lawson Fascination with mermaids?
Beauty Venus de Milo was discovered without arms. She was considered the epitome of female beauty. She has other things in common with Edward’s mermaid…the Greek-like appeal, with the woven hair and elegant skin and posture. Much like sirens, mermaids would sometimes sing to people and gods and enchant them, distracting them from their work and causing them to walk off the deck or run their ships aground. Venus de Milo
Large Memorial, Ivy Surrounding
Two religions in one family Christian Cross Jewish Star
Omega Omega symbol ; It means the ending, the last and the finale, as in the book of revelation God is described as the Alpha and the Omega, beginning and end.
Symbolism The double headed eagle is a symbol on many flags and coats of arms Straight Edge with Compass, Star in Circle Symbolism? Fraternity and Christianity?
No end date? Is there a mystery to be solved here?
Spanish American War hero Received Congressional Medal of Honor
More Iconology? Wooden cross with sword, cherub, and vines with beautiful lotus looking flowers
The Lotus Lotus Symbol: grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck. Legends originated in Egypt, and is used as a Christian symbol today (creation, rebirth)