MU professor to offer insights in library presentation

Keith Eggener says cemeteries have and continue to serve a variety of form and function.

Keith Eggener says cemeteries have and continue to serve a variety of form and function.

Many view cemeteries as a place to honor and memorialize the deceased loved ones. Keith Eggener says cemeteries have and continue to serve a variety of form and function.

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Eggener, a professor of art and architectural history at the University of Missouri Columbia, will give presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City.

Eggener said he has been interested in cemeteries since he was a child and took a trip to Massachusetts with his grandmother.

“Seeing these 300-year-old cemeteries and thinking about the lives of the people buried there just really fascinated me,” he said. “Seeing stones indicating that in the space of a month a family might have lost three or four children, was just powerfully moving.”

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