Cemeteries and Graves
subject of joint Museum and
Genealogy Society program
Museum, in partnership with the McLean County Genealogical
Society, is pleased to welcome Illinois historian and
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Illinois
University Dr. John Hallwas, who will present his program
“Cemeteries and Graves: American Historical and Literary
Perspectives.” This program will be held in the Museum’s
Governor Fifer Courtroom on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m.
This program is free and open to the public.
Hallwas’ program is a lively and probing look at the
American response towards cemeteries and graves. He will
examine the ever-changing view of cemeteries and graves,
especially in the nineteenth century, when park-like burying
grounds were developed and attitudes toward death became
more complex. His program will also focus on universal
issues such as temporality, remembrance, confronting death,
and coping with loss. Short poems by note American authors
such as John Greenleaf Whittier, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Lee
Masters, Carl Sandburg, and Dave Etter, will be part of the
Hallwas was born and raised in Illinois; Hallwas taught
English for 34 years at WIU and hosts a namesake lecture
series there each September. Now retired from WIU, Hallwas
is a member of the Illinois Humanities Council’s “Road
Scholars” program. For more than 30 years Hallwas has
functioned as a public intellectual, bringing historical and
cultural insights to the people of Illinois and adjacent
states through a wide range of publications, lectures, and
workshops focused on literature, history, community life and
creative nonfiction. He is the author of more than a dozen
books, including Here to Stay: Reflections of the Dead in
a Small-Town Cemetery. He is also the creator of the
Memory Shall Be Ours, a musical reenactment of a
traditional nineteenth-century Decoration Day ceremony, set
in an Illinois Cemetery.
program is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Humanities
Council. IHC is supported in part by the National Endowment
for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly
[through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency], as well
as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and
For more information about this program, please contact
the Education Department via email at
email@example.com or by telephone 309-827-0428.
Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck
located one block south of the Museum on Front Street.
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Publications section for an
Cemetery, located on the east side of the Village of
Hudson, was established in 1837. The oldest graves
now marked in the cemetery are from 1841. The
earliest cemetery records located are from 1916 to the
This Hudson Cemetery book has been
two years in the making and contains 65 pages, 48 of
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known, information included is name, date of birth, date
of death, place of death, date of burial, grave location
within the cemetery, funeral home, military service, and
sometimes name of spouse or parents.
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