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Everybody's Going to be There
The American Rural Cemetery Movement

On view through May 2024 - December 2025

New to the John L. Wehle Gallery in May of 2024 is Everybody’s Going to be There: The American Rural Cemetery Movement. The concept of a rural cemetery challenges the notion of burial spaces as being gloomy or frightening places. Rather, the rural cemetery acts as a social center with a living ecosystem – a place for scenic respite.

Admission to the John L. Wehle Gallery is included with general Museum admission. 


This exhibit is sponsored by: 


and Anonymous

The Rural Cemetery Movement in America

This new exhibit will explore how 19th-century Americans managed public health concerns, developed a new appreciation for green space and wildlife, and ensured their memorialization in a newly established public space: the rural cemetery. “Everybody’s Going to be There” presents a wide variety of fine wildlife art, maps, memorial art, natural animal and geological specimens, mourning jewelry and stationery, and cemetery tourism ephemera of the 19th century.

Talks and Programs

Antiques & Artisans Show Preview Party: Curator-Hosted Debut of new exhibit, “Everybody’s Going to be There: The American Rural Cemetery Movement” 
Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. in the Gallery lobby
(Additional fee applies to attend Antiques Preview Party)

Meet the “Gravestone Guy” talk with Dave Bloom 
Saturday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Gallery Lobby 

Rochester Genealogical Society – Find a Grave Talk with Eric Vaugh 
Saturday, May 25 – 11:30 a.m. in the Gallery Lobby

Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery Talk with Dennis Carr 
Saturday, June 29, 2 p.m. in Gallery Lobby

Forrest- Lawn Cemetery Talk with Amizetta Haj
Saturday, July 6, 1 – 2 p.m.