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Preserving the Final Moment: A Brief History of Embalming in America
An illustrated presentation
Anna Dhody, Curator, Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Embalming surgeon at work on soldier’s body, unknown location. Civil War photographs, Circa 1861-1865.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.
Embalming, the process of temporarily preserving human remains, has been practiced across cultures throughout time. Today, the United States is one of the only countries in the world where it is standard practice to chemically preserve the dead for funeral viewings. Anna Dhody, Curator of the Mütter Museum, will talk about the history of embalming with an emphasis on the rise of embalming traditions during the American Civil War. Don’t miss this disturbingly informative talk!
Anna Dhody is the Curator of the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. A physical and forensic anthropologist, she has a Master’s in Forensic Science from George Washington University. She began her career at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and has taught forensic anthropology and lectured domestically and internationally.
Weeknights at the Wagner talks are held at the Wagner Free Institute of Science. This year we will start the program later to allow extra time for people to arrive. Talks will start promptly at 6:00PM. The museum will be open before the talk begins, so come early to explore our National Historic Landmark building and preserved Victorian era museum.
This program is free, but a suggested donation of $8-$10 supports our mission and ensures that we can continue bringing you fantastic programs like this one.