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Coffins and Caskets: A Peek at Stylistic and Symbolic Change in the American Funeral

Presentation sponsored by the Stone Mountain Historical Society in collaboration with Sue Kellogg Library

October 24, 7-8 pm, Sue Kellogg Library behind depot in the village.

Coffins and caskets tell a story.  As American attitudes towards death evolved over time, so have coffin and caskets. Dr. Hugh B. Matternes, Head of Cemetery Studies Group, New South Associates, will show changes in style and decoration using archaeological and historic photographic examples to illustrate how American burial cases were made, decorated, and used in the past to address the needs of the mourning community. 

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CHEERS!         Porch Party   

Please check back and we’ll let you know when we’ve rescheduled one of our most popular monthly social events on the Wells Brown House porch! 

We tell stories, view the exhibits, and take a turn throughout the renovated gardens.  

Museum of Miniature Chairs:

If you can’t join us for an event, learn about some unique history in the Village! A renovated, historic house built in 1850 houses a collection of 3,000 miniature chairs.  This 2008 Guinness World Record collection is arranged in this 3 room museum. The owner, Barbara Hartsfield, will give you a private tour.

Friday/Saturday hours only. Contact The Museum before arrival: Phone: 770-498-8816

994 Main Street
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

Current Front Room Exhibit: 

Our Friend in Stone Mountain – Margaret Ratcliff Exhibit

Margaret “Peggy” Ratcliff, a Stone Mountain based artist for two decades, produced a wealth of enamels, ceramics, pottery, oil paintings and watercolors over her professional life.   She was known in particular for her enamelwork and her beautifully rendered plates and bowls that show a love of nature and animals drawn from her surroundings.

The plate pictured here was a piece commissioned for New South Associates in 1994 and was presented to them as a welcome to the Village gift.

The exhibit can be seen at the Wells Brown House.  If any members have a Ratcliff piece we can borrow for the exhibit please call Mary Beth Reed 77-498-4155 ext. 128.



Permanent Exhibit:


The Doctor Is In

When we pulled together the information on Stone Mountain’s doctors for the original exhibit, we missed one – Dr. James McCurdy.  Son of Dr. Bill McCurdy and brother to Dr. Willis McCurdy, Dr. James Mc Curdy served our country  during World War II in the Pacific Theater.  He would die in a car accident a few short years after his return home. Through the thoughtfulness of board member Jim McCurdy, we are fortunate to have had access to his letters written home mostly to his father during the war.

His career and accomplishments are the focus of interpretive panels that chart his experience as he grew from small town doctor to a military doctor and surgeon and to some degree an ambassador for our country.