Join the Friends of the Kirkwood Historical Society meeting October 1 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Mudd’s Grove for The Evolution of American Mourning Customs presented by Paula Zalar. This presentation will begin with details about Civil War mourning practices and how they differ from earlier customs, then continue emphasizing customs from the Civil War through later Victorian times. What did early Christians consider to be a “good death”? Why was the deceased’ hair used in jewelry and other items? What is the symbolism in markers, placement of flowers and ivy at graves? What were the expectations of widows after the death of a spouse? Learn the answer to these and many other questions during this fascinating presentation.