Past Event

Civil War Field Embalming: A Demonstration of Period Technique

Following the Battle of Gettysburg, Dr. Benjamin F. Lyford (depicted by Jon Austin) gives a first-person presentation in the style of a 19th century medical school lecture for general audiences – with the help of a re-enactor "corpse"! Learn about the verification of death, period medicine & chemistry, human anatomy, and the preparation of dead soldiers for shipping and burial, in addition to 19th century mourning rituals, Lincoln’s funeral, and the ways in which modern funeral practice have developed over time.

This event is free, however donations are accepted and reservations are recommended. For more information or to RSVP, please call 309-274-2719.