Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Preserving the Final Moment:
A Brief History of Embalming in America
An Illustrated Presentation By
Anna Dhody, Curator
Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Lecture at 6:00 PM
Please register here for this free event.
Embalming Surgeon at work on soldier's body. Civil War photographs, c1861-65.
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 an experienced physical and forensic anthropologist with a Master of Forensic Science. She is currently the Curator of the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. In the past she served as an osteologist at Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and taught forensic anthropology domestically and internationally.