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Victorian Mourning Customs Discussed at Oswego Museum

Oct 07, 2016 08:29AM ● Published by Steven Jack

The Oswegoland Heritage Association’s fall/winter program series will continue on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m. when Debra Dudek presents “Victorian Mourning Customs.

Dudek will give visitors a glimpse of the sometimes elaborate customs and rituals of death in Victorian Britain and North America.

Genealogists can thank the Victorians for the "cult of mourning," which generated a fantastic assortment of keepsakes, mementos, and paperwork centered around deceased loved ones. Discover how these materials and cultural attitudes toward grief can be researched with the help of modern tools and new resources.

Debra M. Dudek is head of adult and teen services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook. She specializes in British genealogy and technology topics and is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Admission is $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Little White School Museum

The fall/winter program series concludes at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, when museum director Roger Matile will present “A Brief History of Kendall County” in commemoration of the county’s 175th anniversary year. From a sparsely settled, largely rural county established in February 1841, Kendall County today is a growing suburban community whose roots are still a visible part of its identity. Admission will be $5 at the door.

For more information, call the museum at 630-554-2999 or send an email to
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