Monday, October 22, 2012

CFP: The Trades of Burial in the Mid-Atlantic US


The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) is seeking proposals for articles to include in the formal exhibit catalog for the exhibit,"Ghosts, Ghouls and Gravestones: The Trades of Burial" set to run September 2013 through February 2014. All articles should relate in some way to the theme of the exhibit and the state of New Jersey.
    According to the Museum's exhibit abstract:
starting during the colonial period the final phase of life helped to support numerous tradesmen in the American colonies, later states. Among the several trades involved were gravediggers, coffin-makers, and gravestone carvers. Few tradesmen could survive solely by working these trades, unless they resided in heavily populated areas during prosperous times, but they honed their skills while producing similar products. While they may not have plied their trades full-time these men helped their communities to mourn their dead and continue with life.
Those interested in contributing to the exhibit catalog should send a 150-200-word proposal and CV by January 9, 2013, with the articles due on June 17, 2013. Please send all proposals and questions to: Siobhan Fitzpatrick at curator@metc.org.