We’ve Been Everywhere: Housing the Dead


DSC_0381WKU Libraries faculty, staff, students, and friends enjoyed a presentation on Tuesday, October 22 in Helm 100 with Jonathan Jeffrey, WKU Special Collections Library Professor and Manuscripts/Folklife Archives Coordinator. Jeffrey took participants on a journey around the state through his visual display and discussion on “Housing the Dead: Grave Houses in Kentucky.” The grave house images illustrated the various types of resources used by families to build them and several came with unique stories shared by Jeffrey from his research. He explained the largest house was built in eastern Kentucky for four children who passed away from the same family and another house was built to keep a family member dry who had died in a body of water. At the conclusion of the program, a reception followed.

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