The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is seeking proposals for articles to include in the formal exhibit catalog for the exhibit "Ghosts,Ghouls and Gravestones: The Trades of Burial" set to run September 2013 through February 2014. All articles should relate in some way to the theme of the exhibit and the state of New Jersey.
Abstract for the Exhibit:
The only guarantees in life are death and taxes.- Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin had it right, death is one of the few guarantees in life and starting during the colonial period the final phase of life helped to support numerous tradesmen in the American colonies, later states. Among the several trades involved were gravediggers, coffin-makers and gravestone carvers. Few tradesmen could survive solely working these trades, unless they resided in heavily populated areas during prosperous times, but they honed their skills while producing similar products. While they may not have plied their trades full-time these men helped their communities to mourn their dead and continue with life. New Jersey tradesmen, notably John Frazee and Uzal Ward, also made several major contributions to the mourning practices and styles in the Mid-Atlantic region. Examples of these styles can be found in Bottle Hill/Hillside Cemetery, which also has several prominent graves. The exhibit will also explore some of the well known ghost stories from the area that have influenced the way burial trades and mourning practices are perceived.
Please submit a 150-200 word proposal and C.V, by January 9, 2013.
Notification of acceptance will be made by the end of January.