Pennsylvanian German gravestones topic of Nov. 18 lecture

By on November 5, 2014

Pennsylvania German gravestones will be the featured topic during a free community lecture sponsored by Reamstown Historical Society and Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Reamstown Community Center, 24 E. Church St., Reamstown.

Presenter Mike Emery of Reading is the museum educator at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster, and has a special interest in tombstones and historical architecture.1770 gravestone of George Yundt_Reamstown Lecture_11-18-2014

Using a power-point presentation, he will discuss tombstones, mainly located in Lancaster, Berks, and Lebanon counties from historical and architectural viewpoints.

“The material and type of gravestone has changed over the times,” said Emery. “The thick brown sandstone pieces carved locally by the Pennsylvania Germans, for example, were most common from the mid-1740s to 1800s. Eventually, tombstones became assimilated into the mass-produced stone, mostly made of granite which is much more durable.”

Emery noted the art of the early gravestones was similar to Pennsylvania German folk art, using flowers and stars, and their use of non-Christian designs is a surprise to many people.

This free lecture on “Pennsylvania German Gravestones” is one in a continuing series sponsored by the Reamstown Historical Society and Museum. Parking is in the rear of the Community Center. For more information, call 717-364-0865.

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