Victorian Funeral Practices Lecture and Tour


The Victorian era formed many funeral customs and traditions. Phrases like "saved by the bell," "graveyard shift" and "dead ringer," as well as words such as "living room" and "undertaker," emerged from this time period. Additionally, the practice of wearing black to signify mourning came to be.

Join the National Museum of Funeral History for a lecture on Victorian funeral practices and explore the way modern culture and traditions have evolved over the past few centuries.

The event includes a tour of the museum, followed by two guest speakers.

Rachel Harmeyer will present on "The Hair as Remembrance: Hairwork and the Technology of Memory," which explores the use of hair from the dead as a way to memorialize them via jewelry, accessories and wall décor. Michelle Sinched of Sinched Clothing will discuss home funerals and corsets.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in Steampunk or Victorian attire.



National Museum of Funeral History
415 Barren Springs Dr.
Houston, TX 77090-5918


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