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Grave Robbing in New England

October 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Grave Robbing in New England

Tues. Oct. 18

7PM via Zoom

Registration Required

Presented by Alan Rumrill

Historical Society of Cheshire County

During the 19th century it was common for paid grave robbers to visit cemeteries in the dark of night to dig up recently buried bodies and sell them to medical schools for use as cadavers in dissection classes. Alan Rumrill will share stories of this practice throughout New England. He will also discuss laws and punishments used against grave robbers and the process used to rob a grave. The presentation will include several Cheshire County grave-robbing tales.

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Alan Rumrill has been executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County for 38 years.  He has written hundreds of articles and 8 books on historical subjects and has made more than 1000 local history presentations.  He is a native of Stoddard where his family has lived since 1770.


October 18, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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