The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts' next exhibit will explore tools and inventions related to the burial trade.
The Madison museum announced it will open "Ghosts, Ghouls, & Gravestones: The Trades of Burial" on Tuesday, Sept. 10, during regular hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The exhibit examines the progression of the burial trade. While at one time family members took care of funerary arrangements, by 1900, "a robust funeral industry developed that saw to a family’s every need, providing mourning clothes and other accoutrements; funeral services including preparation of the body, coffin or casket; and even digging the grave, and carving the memorial gravestone," according to a museum news release.
Visitors will learn about the different trades that developed around the funeral industry, including artistic gravestone carving and coffin making.
This exhibit is open through February, and cemetery tours and public lectures are planned. For more information visit the museum's website at www.metc.org973-377-2982
Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children, and free for Members. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Monday & Major Holidays. (SUMMER HOURS- July & August, Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed Sunday & Monday)