Madison AUsome Social Group: Cemetery Tour
October 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mark Huntsman, a member of our AUsome Group, whose special interests include old architecture and cemeteries, will lead us on a tour of the Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam. He has done some extensive studies of a number of local cemeteries and informed us that the Oakwood Cemetery is one of the most interesting ones nearby. Oakwood Cemetery is an exceptional example of the “garden cemetery” concept. It has more statuary than a typical small-town cemetery. He will discuss the various styles of tombstones, the symbolism of the designs on these stones, as well as a few biographies of those buried in Oakwood. Mark did a tour of the Evansville cemetery for us a few years ago. Just like then, Mark will explain a few things about how to “read” a cemetery to discover stories the stones tell. Everything from the size, shape, and material of a tombstone, to pictures of plants, animals, and objects offer clues to the age, profession, religion, social status, and personal values of the entombed.
Bring your own picnic food! We’ll have a do-it-yourself picnic in the cemetery afterwards, weather permitting.
Please RSVP below by Thursday, October 21st.
Oakwood Cemetery Tour
October 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm