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“I See Dead People” at Hobbs State Park

08 Oct 2018 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Do dead people just pop up here and there?  If you are Abby Burnett, well, she sees them often. 

Abby Burnett is an independent researcher who studies all aspects of burial in the Arkansas Ozarks.  Her book, “Gone to the Grave; Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850 -1950”, was featured on AETN’s cemetery documentary, “Silent Storytellers.”  Abby lives in a log cabin in the Boston Mountains, when she’s not out photographing tombstones in rural cemeteries. 

Tombstone portraits, popular in this country since the 1700s, depict how the deceased looked in life, or occasionally, after death. Abby tells us, “Though somewhat scarce in Arkansas, it is possible to find photos, cameos and statues adorning tombstones, and to learn about the lives these images represent.  Whatever form they take, these portraits have stories to tell – some of them quite gothic.”

Burnett’s upcoming program at Hobbs State Park, “I See Dead People”, will give the stories behind a few of the most unusual portraits found in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky.  Come live a day in the life of Abby Burnett, but don’t be scared.

Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center on Highway 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

When: Sunday October 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Cost: Free – The public is invited

For more information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental:   Call:  479-789-5000 

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