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Walking Tours of Historic Eastern Cemetery

July 5-October 15, 2017

Scheduled walking tours of Portland’s historic Eastern Cemetery (founded 1668) will begin again on Wednesday, July 5 and continue each Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11 am and Thursday at 5:30 pm through October 15.

These tours, which last less than an hour, are led by trained volunteers, who cover the cemetery’s history, prominent historical figures, and early gravestone art. Ticket info: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors (65+), kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the gate at 224 Congress Street on the day/time of the tour, or anytime in advance on the Spirits Alive website or at EventBrite. Off-schedule private tours are also available through the website, at no extra charge. All funds raised go to Spirits Alive to help us maintain the Eastern Cemetery grounds. Visit for more information.


October 14, 2017

Join us for "Post Mortem Mourning Practices in 18th and 19th Century New England", presented by Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine. Prof. Bischof will explore bygone cultural practices of demonstrating grief at the passing of a loved one which included women wearing only black clothing for a year, or the creation of mourning relics from photographs or human hair.

This lecture will be accompanied by selections from the Maine Historical Society’s mourning artifacts and memento mori collections. Tickets are $5 for MHS or Spirits Alive Members and $10 general admission. Co-sponsored by Maine Historical Society and Spirits Alive at Eastern Cemetery.

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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