Elizabeth Boyce

Death and the Historian

October 26, 2022

by Elizabeth Boyce

Just a few years back, my youngest daughter innocently summed up my work to new friends saying: “Oh, and that’s my mom.” As they passed by, she added, “She works with dead people.”

She wasn’t wrong. I do spend an inordinate amount of time getting to know the people of the past. So, for this Halloween, let me share with you the intertwining stories of two men who, like me, were historians. They each spent many hours walking amongst the headstones of local cemeteries-including those right here in our town.  And while that might seem like a morbid pastime, these men were pioneers in local historic appreciation and preservation. (more…)

Cemeteries, Featured Article, Historical Accounts, Institutions, Organizations and Associations