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History Happy Hour: A Grave Concern Part 2
December 7, 2021 , 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Once a burial takes place, it’s all about resting in peace for eternity, right? Well, that wasn’t always the case! In the nineteenth century, the shockingly profitable “resurrection” business emerged. Grave robbers sneakily stole bodies from cemeteries under the cover of night to sell them to physicians, teachers, and scientists. Fortunately, Green-Wood’s extensive records do not indicate any such thievery on our grounds, but other New York City burial sites were not so lucky!
Last time around we covered body snatching for medical schools. This time, we’ll explore the pseudoscience of phrenology and the skull snatching frenzy that followed. Discover which Green-Wood resident loved to have their head read, who liked to steal heads, and the one who almost lost his.
$9 / $4 for members. A Zoom link will be in your confirmation email upon registration.
While we can’t actually bring the bar or the drinks to you, we can offer some history on tap! Bring your own beverage–why not try our recommended cocktail of the evening–and raise a glass to the past as we stay connected through our latest series, History Happy Hour.
A Zoom link and recipe will be emailed the day before the program.
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