The American Landscape is dotted with museums catering to histories grand and small. One example is the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield, IL. Located close to Lincoln’s tomb, the museum has fallen (like many small museums) on hard times. The story is not exceptional, and the tale resonates for all who try and keep alive cultural tradition and legacy through public spaces. Dirk Johnson’s “A Funeral Museum At Death’s Door” covers the bases for the NYT.
Images of the displays at the Museum of Funeral Customs follow.