Article Date: August 31st, 2011
Category: Exhibits, September 2011
White River Valley Museum
Now through 11/6/2011
Displaying an artifact collection on loan from Jerry and Ronda Kayser of Kayser Chapel and Crematorium of Moses Lake, Auburn’s White River Valley Museum looks at the Victorian process of death and dying. In decades past, when an ill loved one was nearing the end of life they did so at home, surrounded by family and close friends. When death occurred, these relations gathered to wash and prepare the body for burial. The body was then displayed in the home for viewing and guests would visit to pay their final respects to the deceased. Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to “think outside of the pine box” in understanding funerary customs from yesterday and today. Louise Hull, professor of sociology at Green River Community College, is the exhibit’s guest scholar.
The White River Valley Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 PM. The Museum is located at 918 H Street SE, on the Auburn Community Campus. For more information visit www.wrvmuseum.org.