Event Grave Matters: The Victorian Way of Mourning

May 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In a time when most people died at home and early mortality was commonplace, how did people deal with death? Historian Beverly Robbins will describe mourning practices and traditions in the 19th century.

In 1861, the death of Prince Albert at the early age of 42 plunged Queen Victoria into a deep despair that lasted the rest of her life. This event raised mourning to an art form. In this country, more than 600,000 Americans lost their lives in the Civil War. Nearly every home was affected, and mourning practices from Victorian England became common practice in this country.

Beverly Robbins is a Regent of the Mary Dillingham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) of Lewiston, Maine, and is Vice President of the Androscoggin Historical Society in Auburn, Maine.

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