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Civil War Symbolism on Cemetery Markers


Curious what various symbols mean on the cemetery markers in our area? Some of those symbols – and how they trace their roots back to the Civil War – will be explained during a presentation Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Lucy Bensley Center in Springville.

“We’ll be exploring several symbols that are found on cemetery markers that trace their roots back to the Civil War,” said Jolene Hawkins, who will give the presentation. They include symbols of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), Women’s Relief Corps (WRC) and other units.

Hawkins, who is a member of the Concord Historical Society and researches genealogy at the Lucy Bensley Center, will show photos of cemetery markers in the area with these symbols.

The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Lucy Bensley Center in Springville. It’s part of a monthly series hosted by Echoes Through Time Learning Center in conjunction with The Western New York Civil War Society, with presentations held on the last Wednesday of each month.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Donations will be accepted for the Civil War Preservation Trust. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

The Lucy Bensley Center is located at 23 N. Buffalo St. in Springville.

For additional information, contact Tom Place, curator at Echoes Through Time, at (716) 957-2740 or the Lucy Bensley Center at (716) 592-0094.

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