The first program in the Green Lawn Cemetery series will give an overview of the genesis and popularization of the nineteenth century Rural Cemetery Movement, with a special focus on Green Lawn Cemetery. Typically placed just outside the city, rural cemeteries were characterized by landscape gardening, natural topography, curvilinear paths, and abundance of trees. Mirroring societal changes in attitudes towards death and nature, rural cemeteries were designed to provide a sense of serenity, contemplation, and natural beauty. Sponsored by Ohio Humanities.
Dr. Jeff Smith, Ph.D., Senior Professor of History, Department of History and Geography, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri
Dr. Kami Fletcher, Ph.D., Professor of History, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania
Dr. Susan Ritchie, Ph.D., Theology Director of the House of Unitarian Universalist Studies at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware, Ohio
Ryan J. Weller, Weller & Associates, Inc., Archaeologist and Physical Anthropologist
Moderated by Angela O’Neal, Columbus Metropolitan Library and Doreen Uhas-Sauer, Columbus Landmarks