The Litchfield Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of the new exhibit "To Weep with those who Weep: Mourning Practices in Litchfield," on view at the Litchfield History Museum from Saturday, April 14 through November 25 with free admission for all. The exhibit explores mourning practices of the 19th century, as they were affected by the death of George Washington in 1799.
Following the death of George Washington there was an increase in memorializing the dead. "To Weep with Those Who Weep: Mourning Practices in Litchfield" documents the tangible and intangible manifestations of loss in Litchfield and the surrounding area. Stories of loss within the community form the basis of the exhibit, highlighting correspondence sharing condolences, discussing funerals, and reflecting on life and death. The exhibit will also touch upon reactions of Litchfield Female Academy students to death. Artwork portraying those in mourning and those being mourned will be on display, as well as poems and music written for those who died.
Free admission for all. The Litchfield History Museum’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information about this or programs related to the newest exhibit, please visit www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.