21 October 2015
The annual Ottawa Branch Memorial Lecture on Saturday 24 October at 1pm will feature Dr Bruce Elliott speaking on `Some Early Ottawa Gravestone Makers'.
Gravestones are an important source of genealogical information but they also have their own history. Initially craft products that reflected locally available materials, traditional skills, and local, regional, or cultural stylistic and symbolic traditions, gravestones increasingly became modern, standardized and mass produced industrial products through the course of the 19th century. Canada became part of a North American consumer marketplace in which materials, designs, and eventually monuments themselves originated outside the locality, produced at a few centralized quarry sites and wholesaled to local monument makers who added the inscriptions and became more retailers than craftsmen. This presentation looks at the work of some of Ottawa's early gravestone makers in the context of this transition from craft to industry.
The presentation will be held in the City of Ottawa Archives at 100 Tallwood Drive. Social time runs from 1pm to 1:30 when the session will start. All are welcome and there is no charge for admission.
Note that this presentation will NOT be webcast.
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