Canada abounds in historical burial places. Once you begin
noticing their presence, old cemeteries seem to be everywhere. But
these important links to the past are in danger of disappearing
forever. The expansion of cities and roadways reclaim valuable
land, and inscriptions are worn away by weather and time. Older
cemeteries may be important records of immigration, settlement,
armed forces, epidemics, class and religious schisms, and upward
mobility of ethnic groups.
In Old Canadian Cemeteries, Jane Irwin invites
the reader on a visual tour of historic cemeteries across Canada,
examining such diverse topics as:
- Burial traditions, including customs from Catholic, Protestant,
Jewish, Ukranian, Quaker, Pioneer, Acadian, Chinese, Japanese,
Inuit, First Nations and African-American cemeteries
- War memorials
- Graveyard symbols and motifs, and their meanings
- Materials used in cemeteries-stone, wood, bronze and cast
- Historic graveyard conservation.
Old Canadian Cemeteries is a must for anyone
interested in Canadian history.