Life of the Afterlife in the Big Sky State: A History of Montana’s Cemeteries.
August 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ellen Baumler, Montana Historical Society, Helena.
The Life of the Afterlife in the Big Sky State is a groundbreaking history of death in Montana. It offers a unique, reflective, and sensitive perspective on the evolution of customs and burial grounds. Beginning with Montana’s first known burial site, Ellen Baumler considers the archaeological records of early internments in rock ledges, under cairns, in trees, and on open-air scaffolds.
The Life of the Afterlife in the Big Sky State is not a comprehensive listing of the many hundreds of cemeteries across Montana. Rather it discusses cultural identity evidenced through burial practices, changing methods of interments and why those came about, and the evolution of cemeteries as the “last great necessity” in organized communities. Through examples and anecdotes, the book examines how we remember those who have passed on.