The Historic Columbia Foundation will once again have its A House in Mourning exhibit. This exhibit will be part of the regularly scheduled Hampton-Preston Mansion tour and will introduce visitors to the mourning traditions in the South during the 19th century and compares them to ones we observe today. The exhibit opened on September 27 and will run through October 31. Click here for admission details. Tickets can be purchased at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills at 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia
In order to properly show respect and honor their loved ones, Victorian Americans were expected to publicly demonstrate their sadness by following many strict social customs, including stages of mourning attire. Mourning the loss of a loved one is considered much more private in the present than in the 1860s- but is it really? Today we observe our own forms of public mourning, including Facebook pages, roadside memorials and tattoos. This year's A House in Mourning exhibit will illustrate the differences and similarities between 19th- and 21st-century life.
The public is invited to contribute to the exhibit. Send your pictures and stories of public mourning using the hashtag #HouseInMourning on Twitter and Facebook throughout the month to share your photos and experiences with HCF and some will be selected to be added to the the exhibit to demonstrate modern examples of mourning traditions.
Check the list for photos of the A House in Mourning exhibit.
Source: HCF newsletter
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