Cemeteries and Grave Art Along the Buffalo River

Book cover of Gone to the Grave by Abby BurnettJoin Abby Burnett, author of Gone to the Grave: Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850–1950, as she presents “Cemeteries and Grave Art Along the Buffalo River.” Cemeteries along, and near, the Upper Buffalo River contain examples of now-vanished burial customs, brought here by white settlers as early as the 1830s. In addition to grave houses, tent graves, and coffin-shaped grave coverings, early tombstone makers created beautiful, detailed artwork on headstones. This talk will provide a virtual tour of cemeteries along the river, highlighting some of the customs and the carvings found there. This in-person program is hosted in collaboration with the Ponca Nature Center. Pre-registration is not required.