Past Event

Civil War Field Embalming: A Demonstration of Period Technique

A Road Scholar Program by Jon Austin

As Dr. Benjamin F. Lyford, following the Battle of Gettysburg, Jon Austin will present a first-person presentation in the style of a 19th century medical school lecture, using a re-enactor "corpse" as a visual aid. Topics include a verification of death, period medicine & chemistry, human anatomy, and the preparation of dead soldiers for shipping and burial. Also covered are such subjects as 19th century mourning rituals, Lincoln’s funeral, and the ways in which modern funeral practice have developed over time. For more information, visit

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Michael Stachnik, 847-439-3994.