Special Exhibit Opening: “Victorian Mourning Traditions – Home Funeral” – May 19th through May 31st

In solemn reflection, the parlor inside the Museum’s seven room Victorian Cottage is transformed to depict the scene of a typical Wichita Funeral Home of a century ago.

During the 19th century, America adopted the mourning customs of England. The emerging middle class enjoyed increasing affluence and were able to indulge in activities previously afforded more privileged society. Memorial traditions took on a popular role in the lives of people and eventually lead to the “death care” industry of the 20th century.

During our community’s first 50 years, funeral gatherings typically took place at the residence of the deceased where the casket was displayed and mourners gathered until the eventual trip to the cemetery was made for interment.

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