The exhibit of Victorian Mourning Art & Sundries was put in place in the Upper Gallery in the spring of 2022. No formal talk or program on this topic and exhibit were given. During the past year, Bill Lattin has collected over twenty more examples of this type of genre. A new display panel with these items has now been added to the exhibit. This brings the number of artifacts on display to over 120. On May 19th at 6:30 pm, Bill will highlight some of the more unusual pieces in his collection with a 45 minute presentation including questions from participants. A portfolio of 12 close-up pictures to be discussed will be distributed. A catalogue of the entire exhibit is also available.
Many of the artifacts displayed are truly one-of-a-kind mourning art pieces. These were often created by family members as keepsakes for a departed loved one. Some even with hair. However, as the title suggests “…and Sundries…” there is indeed much more. Mass produced items such as prints and knick knacks were readily available. A few select items from the undertakers’ profession are also on display.