Have you ever wondered how long it was “proper” for a husband to mourn for his wife or a wife for her husband? What was “mourning jewelry” and what symbols appeared on it? And what superstitions accompanied death and funerals?

Come and find out the answers to these questions and more on Oct. 30 during a presentation on 19th Century Grief and Mourning Practices. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lucy Bensley Center in Springville and is part of a monthly series hosted by The Western New York Civil War Society, with presentations held on the last Wednesday of each month.

Louise Tomczak, a reenactor with an interest in those who were “left behind” at the death of a loved one, will present.

She will be bringing some artifacts related to mourning for the audience to view.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Donations will be accepted for the American Battlefield Trust. Light refreshments will be served.

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.