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|Carl Sandburg College Hosts Reflections: The American Funeral
|A collection of funeral objects and exploration of funeral customs in a state-of-the-art mobile museum has made a local stop. Carl Sandburg College is hosting an exhibit entitled Reflections: The American Funeral. The exhibit examines funeral traditions throughout time and their role in helping the living achieve closure.
(A replica of Abraham Lincoln's casket and a miniature replica of the Lincoln funeral train are featured in the exhibit.)
The exhibit explores funeral traditions beginning with Native Americans and their custom of mound building to honor their dead, all the way to how the country has mourned funerals of celebrities such as Elvis Presley.
Managing director of the exhibit Frank Lorbach tells WGIL he has seen some people react emotionally to some of the exhibits presented, including one on the funeral of one of the country's leaders.
Lorbach said, "John Kennedy's funeral seems to tug at the heartstrings of a lot of people, particularly people that are of my age, my contemporaries so to speak. I've had a number of people go through and say how touching it was to them and some people have left literally with tears in their eyes."
The exhibits include replicas of Abraham Lincoln's casket and a miniature replica of the train car that took Lincoln's body throughout the country after his death. The tour took 2 weeks of travel from Washington D.C. to Springfield and even set a precedent for future funerals of presidents.
The mobile museum will be on display in the C lot of Carl Sandburg College and is free to the public. The exhibit will be on display through Thursday at 7pm.
(Visitors to Reflections: The American Funeral enter the mobile museum at Carl Sandburg College. WGIL News Pictures and story by Dominic Fortini.)
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