Final Friday preview: Living Memories: Celebrating Day of the Dead

Past Event

Activity: Day of the Dead & Final Fridays

  • Friday, October 28, 2011, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
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The skeletons will be out of the closet when Watkins Community Museum of History presents "Living Memories: Celebrating Day of the Dead this Friday," an exhibition that explores the way people commemorate the dead.

The exhibition is in collaboration with the Spencer Museum of Art, which loaned a collection of Day of the Dead-related objects to the Watkins several years ago. The museum has shown the collection multiple times, though this year there will be a new element: photos of Lawrence’s Oak Hill Cemetery. The photographs, taken by Watkins staff, examine the way Lawrencians commemorate the victims of Quantrill’s Raid.

Abby Pierron, education and programs coordinator at the Watkins, says the most popular items in the exhibition are figurines of skeletons set in everyday scenes such as sitting in a bar or playing soccer.

Friday’s opening will feature Latin-style music from local guitarist Russ Kapp, as well as an opportunity for visitors to decorate their own sugar skulls, a Day of the Dead tradition.

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