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Gallery Talk: Images of Mourning and the American Civil War

April 11, 2017
Meet in Griffin Court
Free with museum admission

Over the course of the American Civil War, more than half a million lives were lost, and those left behind—often women—looked to their futures through the lens of mourning. By comparing images to other historical source materials, we will look at various aspects of the traditions, perceptions, and meanings embedded in the act of mourning.

Constant Mayer. Love’s Melancholy, 1866. Restricted gift of Mrs. Herbert Alexander Vance.