“Stories in Stone: Tombstone Art in the Arkansas Ozarks,” is the title of the May 20 presentation by Susan Young of Springdale’s Shiloh Museum to the South Sebastian County Historical Society. This slide program about symbols found on tombstones in Ozark cemeteries also looks at some unique tombstones and cemetery traditions. In keeping with the theme, members and guests are invited to bring photos and stories to share regarding their family Decoration Day traditions.
Susan Young is the outreach coordinator at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, a position she has held since 1994. Susan is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, and a fifth-generation Ozarker. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas. She is the author of So Big, This Little Place: The Founding of Tontitown, Arkansas, 1898-1917 and editor of Memories I Can’t Let Go Of: Life Stories from Tontitown, Arkansas. Susan’s Ozark history interests include traditional folkways, religion, and cemeteries.
The May 20 meeting of the Historical Society will be conducted at the Community Room of Farmer’s Bank, 71 West Center Street, in Greenwood. The meeting will begin at 7 PM. All are welcome.