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Cemeteries of Illinois: A Field Guide to Markers, Monuments, and Motifs

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Illinois is home to cemeteries and burial grounds dating back to the Native American era. Whether sprawling over thousands of acres or dotting remote woodlands, these treasure troves of local and state history reflect two centuries of social, economic, and technological change.

This easy-to-use guidebook invites amateur genealogists, historians, and cemetery buffs to deciph
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 22nd 2017 by University of Illinois Press
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Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Tons of interesting facts.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my new favorite cemetery book. It covers the history of burial in the state of Illinois from the Mound Builders to the modern lawn cemeteries. Along the way, it defines the different materials for marking graves, explores gravestone iconography, and is generally to cemeteries what the Audubon Guide is to birds. This is a perfect beginner book, even if you don't live in Illinois. It would be a perfect textbook for a cemetery history class.

The only issue one might have with the book is tha
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly fascinating and quick read of an aspect of American history, especially Illinois history, that I had never considered: burial grounds and cemeteries (there is a difference). Book provides discusses the geology, socio-economic, and art encompassed by burial grounds and cemeteries. The Rural Cemetery movement discussed in the book resulted in the vast majority of cemeteries that we have all experienced.
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