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Jun 24, 2017
Crown Hill Cemetery, 3400 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN

Join us for this new tour, "VICTORIAN SYMBOLISM"

✵ WHAT: Public Walking Tour featuring fascinating Victorian-era symbolism used on thousands of markers and memorials throughout Crown Hill. Our tour is a walking tour that will cover about one mile at a comfortable pace for most.

✵ WHEN: 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, June 24, 2017

✵ DESCRIPTION: On this walking tour we'll explore some of the interesting examples of Victorian symbolism on monuments and markers found throughout Crown Hill and try to understand what mean in the context of the era when they were created. If you've ever wondered about the unique tree trunk monuments, you'll learn the meaning of the number of branches, as well as if they're broken or not. Common symbols are flowers, ferns, weeping willows, stars, anchors, chains, draped flags, lambs, sun disks, serpents, angels, crosses, open books, and wreaths, just to name a few. Unlike many of our monuments and markers today which sometimes have engravings of literal representations to reveal the life of the deceased (a piano, dog, etc.), Victorian stones are highly symbolic. On this tour we'll look at these symbols and try to understand what they say about the people buried beneath them.

This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. (Another new tour of interest will be held on September 23 and is titled "Stones that Talk," which will explore contemporary stones and what their more literal symbols and shapes they tell us about the deceased.)

✵ SEE THE SUNSET from the top of the Crown!!!

✵ WHERE TO MEET: right inside the 34th St. and Boulevard Place stone gate entrance. The 34th St. Gate is noted with a red marker on the south grounds on this map: http://goo.gl/Z7g2i (you might have to copy & paste it into your browser's address bar).

✵ COST: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students; reservations not required.

✵ Tour participants are encouraged to bring bottled water and insect repellent.

✵ NOTE: In the event of rain, some events may be cancelled. Public Tours are usually held in the rain as long as it’s not severe.

✵ THANK YOU! Did you know that your attendance of our tours and events supports the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation?

For more info, email Marty Davis at mdavis@crownhill.org

For a complete list of our PUBLIC TOURS & EVENTS for 2017 (with photos!), please visit:

Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery
Web: CrownHill.org
Facebook: CrownHill.org
Twitter: @CrownHill_FHC

Crown Hill Heritage Foundation
Web: CrownHillHF.org
Facebook: CrownHillHeritageFoundation
Twitter: @CrownHillCem

Crown Hill Tour Guide & Historian Tom Davis tweets history, pics, & trivia: @CrownHillTom

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS with “CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary”
In celebration of Crown Hill's 150th Anniversary, Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and Indiana Historical Society Press have published a fantastic coffee table book that’s been chosen as the SILVER PLACE WINNER in Foreward Review's prestigious "BOOK OF THE YEAR" Contest in the Regional Category!

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a beautiful 380-page coffee table book which tells the story of our nation's third largest non-government cemetery from it's founding in 1863 (during the Civil War) until today. Authors Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder cover many topics including extensive history, personal and poignant stories, natural history, and numerous vignettes of individuals and families who rest within its historic Gothic gates. It features over 600 beautiful, full color photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, including a number of aerial photos of Crown Hill that will capture your attention as they allow you to see Crown Hill as you've never seen it before! Author Douglas Wissing beautifully weaves together 150 years of Crown Hill history with local and state history, creating the context which allowed Crown Hill to become the "City on the Hill" - the final resting place of many of our pioneers, civic leaders, politicians, musicians, actors, artists, automotive manufacturers and Indianapolis 500 notables, military and public safety heroes, and countless others.

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is available for purchase at the Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery office during regular office hours or may be ordered off of either website. The total cost is $40 per book, or $50 if mailed. You may also order you copy by phone or by mail for $40 each and pick your book up at the Funeral Home and Cemetery office Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at development@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-4165.

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