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Class: Rubbing Old New England Gravestones with the Gravestone Girls

Don’t be scared of those old cemeteries, they are unique and interesting places full of folk art and history found only in New England! The images on old gravestones are considered the first graphic art of the New World and communicated messages to individuals and the community at large about virtues, ethics and standards of behavior. These objects can be more than 300 years old and still stand on the landscape in a virtual museum which serves as a gateway between the past and the present.

Everyone sometime in their life has probably done a gravestone rubbing. Some have left behind a mark of their presence through improper techniques. Others have left unsatisfied with their result and still others long to go back to do it again. Currently, there are many misconceptions about doing gravestone rubbing. The Gravestone Girls offer this course as a way to bust those myths, teach proper techniques and educate about these interesting and historical spaces.

Tissue paper and hard crayons are out! You will learn the safest methods for creating a rubbing while ensuring the safety and preservation of the old gravestones. Classes run about 2.5 hours and include a walking tour of the graveyard to learn what is out there and why they look like they do. A demonstration will be part of the program so you can try your hand before you set out to create your own masterpiece. Supplies are included in the class cost, so all you have to do is show up prepared to learn and be creative!

In the event of inclement weather, we will make the call to cancel the night before class. Please note, there are no refunds. If you must cancel, a credit will be given that can be used towards merchandise or future events.

Class Location: Old Common Burial Ground
(behind Walker Building)
located at 255 Main Street and Rawlins Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
Register Today.  Space is limited. No Classes are scheduled at this time.
Cost Per Person: $30

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